What would you save from a burning house?
Besides my daughter, right?
Do you have a creative muse?
Not really. I just like what I like. Inspiration comes from everywhere. I love super slick commercial work just as much as more “designerly” work. Everything has a place in the world.
What’s your favorite gadget?
I can tell you the Diaper Genie was not my favorite gadget.
What do you do on Sunday?
Laundry. Lots of laundry. I’m big on family. Life is short and weekends are where we get our quality time in. Sunday is spent getting everything ready for the week and getting everything washed and trying to get that last bit of decompression in before the week. We also do family movie time in the afternoon and we let our daughter pick the movie.
How do you know when a piece of design is complete?
Personally for me it’s never done, I just have to stop at some point. I’m a needler. Once I get something to where I’m feeling good about it, I can easily get caught up in making the most subtle variations looking for that extra whatever it is I’m searching for. I have a folder set aside for old projects I would like to revisit if/when things slow down. Even if it’s a really good piece it could always be better.
What’s the best creative advice you’ve ever received?
Well it wasn’t exactly creative or original but it was certainly the one that has haunted and driven me throughout most of my life. In high school my Algebra II teacher was always giving me grief about homework, which I rarely ever did. Every week he would confront me with some monolog which he always concluded by saying “Sometimes you have to burn the midnight oil.” In college and throughout my career every time I had to pull an all-nighter I could hear him nagging away as I push through it.
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