Apr 19, 2013
Fab Friday: Yetta Banks
Happy Friday, fabulistas. Just in time for Housing Work's Design on a Dime benefit next week, I sat down with the uber-talented Yetta Banks to discuss trends, design inspiration and life in its general fabulousness. Even though I couldn't get Yetta to reveal her design theme for this year's Viacom vignette (I can't wait to see it!!), she shared a beautiful sneak peek that gets us excited to see the finished project on April 25th. To shop Yetta's and my vignettes on April 25th, get your tickets today. You don't want to miss Design on a Dime, because nothing feels better than splurging for a good cause!Viacom in the Planning & Design Department as Vice President of Design & Construction. I am an architect and interior designer. I work with my end users to turn their ideas into reality. Whether new construction, renovation or expansion, I lead all planning, design, furniture and construction projects across all Viacom properties. This responsibility includes strategic planning and developing the creative experience for all Viacom brands. If you have ever walked the corridors and office spaces supporting our major television networks, like MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, TV Land or Spike TV, you have experienced my vision. RB: What impact has working in the design and entertainment industry made on you? YB: Every day is an adventure...preparation is key for this journey. One of the earliest lessons I learned was how the industry constantly changes. After 14 years in the entertainment industry, I find that I stay inspired because no two days are ever the same. Fortunately for me, I experience the creative buzz of the Viacom Community firsthand. It forces me to raise my game, be relevant and current, be first but responsible, stay young but understand our history, and think outside the box because no two brands or cultures are the same. For example, Nickelodeon's space aesthetic is youthful and colorful, while MTV is cool, sleek, fresh and still a bit more rock 'n' roll. BET is more sophisticated but fun, and TV Land is classic retro and has an overall great design aesthetic. I consider myself lucky that I don't always have to travel far for design inspiration!
RB: Last but not least, what does fabulous mean to you.YB: Confidence, walking into a room and owning it.