UX Designer & Illustrator
From where do you receive your creative inspiration?
When I’m in the creative mindset -- which isn’t always easy to tap into -- anything can inspire me. A couple sure fire ways of tapping into my creative side is simply being in a good mood or being around motivated, fun people. Oddly enough, learning new information (particularly theology-based information) does the trick, too. Being passionate about something prompts ideas to address needs. Being exceedingly bored sparks my creativity in an effort to stay sane. The variety of people I follow on twitter lead me to inspiring material. Finally, the ‘ol creativity stand-by: doodling.
The best thing about working for a small company?
It’s exciting to work for a company this size. Everyone knows each other very personally and makes a significant impact on projects, contributing to the growth of the business.
An average day:
My routine seems to go in seasons but I like to start every day with a decent-sized breakfast and brief alone time to gather myself before the day begins. After checking emails and seeking inspiration from design blogs I begin my work. Although I’m a designer by trade, my heart lies in illustration and typography so the projects I enjoy the most are identity development and creating infographics or any illustration-related project. When the workday is over, I enjoy coming home and eating supper around the dinner table, possibly squeezing in a work out or playing basketball and if the weather is nice I’ll take a cruise on my motorcycle.
I graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Northern Iowa
One thing you cannot live without:
Chocolate, it’s what I was raised on.
Dogs or cats?
"Now we are Free" by Hans Zimmer
Zoo giraffe or wild giraffe? Why?
Wild Giraffe without a doubt! I’ll take risk and freedom over pampering and boredom any day.
The other sandwich from the OP.
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten:
An egg, shell and all.
You can’t get enough:
Freshly baked brownies with ice cream and chocolate syrup
Just say no to:
Yellow 5 and self-doubt
Something that makes you unique:
I have a lot of wrinkles on my skin but few in my life.
Oddly, you love:
People not replacing the toilet paper when it runs out!
Most useless skill?
Until the circus calls, I’ll have to say uni-cycling.
Commonly heard listening to:
David Crowder Band, Explosions in the Sky, Caspian, anything that bumps.
Caffeine Intake: 0 out of 5
Very little, although, I occasionally enjoy a Coke, Mountain Dew, Monster or Red Bull but I hate relying on that for energy
Typically seen in:
Plain v-neck and plaid shorts
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- Mark IehlOperations Manager
- Matt JohnsonUX Designer & Developer
- Mitch SplinterUX Developer
- Greg JanesUX Strategist