This post is part of Flywheel’s “Designer Spotlight” series, which features an interview with a designer/coder/mover/shaker who uses Flywheel.
What’s your workspace like?
We use a coworking space here in KC called “ThinkBig!”. It’s a big, open, airy space with free coffee. And M&Ms.
How long have you worked as a designer?
10 years I think? Maybe 11?
Is there something that sparked your interest in design?
Wallpaper Magazine. And a desire to not be dead broke any more.
Where do you find inspiration when you design?
Movies, jokes, art. i like looking at ffffound.com and listening to records. I avoid looking at real design sites and blogs as I work.
What are three things you to do get the creative juices flowing when you’ve hit a roadblock?
Walk away from the computer. Drink cocktails. See a movie.
What are some bands/artists you listen to while you’re designing?
SOOOO many. Right now I’m loving the Ssion, Robyn, Foxygen, Gold Panda.
What’s the best part of your day as a designer?
Usually by around 3 I’ve finally finished answering the phone, sending emails, writing proposals, and I can actually make something! I try to make sure the first thing I make is weird or funny to get my mind working and my playfulness activated.
What’s the hardest part about being a designer?
Explaining to your parents that it’s a real job and that people need it.
If you couldn’t design, what would you do?
Art? Or something arguably similar to that.
Have a favorite design-related website?
Any up-and-coming designers who you think are awesome?