you become a designer/artist?
Since I was a kid, I knew that I would
have a career in the design field. It all started
when I picked up my first comic book. I loved
how it brought you into another world. I thought,
someday I will be drawing comics myself. Then
I realized I didn't have the patience to be
an illustrator. So, I went in the direction
of architecture, and found that it wasn't my
cup of tea either. Finally, I ended up at a
community college attending a two-year Commercial
Art program. I really enjoyed solving problems
through visuals and type design. I figured since
I loved designing why not get paid for it.
What are you doing now?
Currently I am in talks with two businesses
for potential identity, collateral, Web
site and e-mail marketing projects. I was contacted
after I attended a few networking meet-ups and
from the e-Newsletters I send out monthly. I
am always trying to promote myself and find
ways to get my name out there to potential clients.
Submitting designs for competitions and getting
into books is a great marketing tool. Recently,
three of my business card designs were chosen
to appear in David E. Carter's "The Big
Book of Business Cards", which is in bookstores
Where are you from originally?
People seem to think I am a surfer just because
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
I don't really like the beach that much. What I
do like is how Los Angeles is a big melting
pot of cultures. When you're in the mood for
Thai food, a French movie or some Salsa dancing,
it's just a short drive away.
What are your plans for the future?
I am finding that I really enjoy working on
identity systems. I may specialize in identity
systems in the near future. Even though I still
enjoy working on brochures, ads, Web sites,
etc., I like the idea of developing a mark for
a company that represents and sells the client.
An identity system is a fairly quick turnaround
time compared to a brochure or a Web site and
less headaches production wise. I am also planning
on growing my business by helping businesses
develop an identity and brand recognition to
distinguish them from the rest of the competition.
What American artist inspires you most?
I don't a have a specific artist that inspires
me. I think other designers, nature, friends,
and life inspires me. Often times, things not
relating to design inspire me. I may be at the
gym working out or jogging...then suddenly ideas
and inspiration come to me.
What unlocks your creativity?
Many times I have to step away from my
work space and engage in an activity that is
different from design. Working out, going to
the movies, being outside and enjoying life
helps. Looking at other designers' work also
helps me to stay motivated and creative. I enjoy
browsing through design books, magazines and
Web sites. You can find me at Borders or Barnes
& Noble almost every weekend. I have design
books piled all over the house. I can't seem
to find enough room to store all my books.