Graphic Designer / Founder of Pitch Zine
I like pushing boundaries and creating worlds out of ideas. I've done a lot of work within fashion and music, but I'm open to any industry.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
Hard work really pays off. I started PITCH ZINE when I was studying years ago and since then I've put myself out there, especially with the use of social media. Instagram is a big plus for a creative trying to get people to see your work! I reach out to people, encourage my peers and stay up to date with trends.
FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?
Motivation is usually a big one that I've noticed. A lot of people are happy and comfortable doing the same thing over and over but I really feel like I've embraced change over the years.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
A million things of course (I'm a serial multi-tasker lol). I'm working on a series of animations for Electric Objects, a few posters and album artworks for local musicians and a series of animated stickers for a new iMessage app called StickerBaby.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
I have to say, the collaborative GIFs I made for PITCH ZINE is really the direction I see myself going in. I'd love to collaborate further with designers, fashion brands and magazines to create digital content for social media.
WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?
I'd love to be able to focus more on building fashion content and then using my skills within art direction to create unique, complex executions that can be used in all types of media like store window displays or events.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
The most frustrating thing for me, is teaching clients that design and aesthetic taste is really something that takes time, effort and consideration. I feel like a lot of the time I have to compromise my aesthetics in order to move forward on a project with a short deadline.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
I would get them to write emails for me! I find I can articulate things better if I can transcribe straight from my mouth. And maybe my accounting...
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
I think I would have told myself in college that it's ok to break the rules in design. I played it too safe back then and I'm in the mindset now that life is all about breaking them.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I would love to talk to an astrophysicist! I think there's a huge link between science and art that I'd love to explore more.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Creative collaborations with brands and designers. I want to work on projects that are both creatively fulfilling and functional but also with brands that are pushing the boundaries within design and aesthetics.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
The ideal collaboration would be working with a brand like Adidas Originals and producing custom made garments with my prints. And holding a launch party to celebrate where all my friends would DJ!
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
I usually charge around $40-50 p/hr depending on the level of skill and time required for the project. Otherwise I'll charge a flat rate. e.g. a simple vector logo for $500 as it may take up to 10 hours or more to complete.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
I would love for the conversation to start off with a budget! I think it adds value to your approach and shows that you take my work seriously. Scoping out the job and sending references helps too!
HOW Do you Stay Creative?
Look at the world around you.
Last one, Who's your go-to squad?
Chris Golden firstname.lastname@example.org - he's an amazing designer and great DJ.
This member profile was originally published in October 2016.