Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fast Company: Content as King

Most interesting magazine read in recent memory. Their website here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creative Interview with: Ricky Ferrer

Art director, designer, letterpress printer, type and music lover, Ricky Ferrer is a creative in every sense of the word. His interview:

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Texas, went to catholic school and then college at UNT for communication design. I chose it because it was the closest school for design, but it ended up being a rigorous and outstanding program. I highly recommend it and am excited every time I meet a recent graduate making a name for themselves. Soon after college I left for NYC to pursue my design career. Just recently, I ended up back in Texas to become the online art director for D Magazine.

When did you first discover your love for design?
This is hard to pinpoint, but I believe it was two paths that converged: my love for computers and my love for comic books.

My mother was a software engineer and I grew up with computers. I had a fascination with the web as soon as I discovered it. I built my first website in 1994, which was a Simpsons trivia page. I experimented with type in Photoshop and learned basic HTML as a hobby. I also grew up drawing. First making my own comic strips, then comic books, then graffiti, then fine art. All of which I would extremely embarrassed to show now.

I learned in college that design could combine both my left and right brain interests. I explored drawing, painting, printmaking, interactive and graphic design all at the same time. Everything I explored made it into my design process and vice versa.