Are you a freelancer?
No. I’m a Senior Designer at for Local Matters, a provider of Internet, voice and wireless technology solutions. In my spare time I work on my artwork as Snowblinded. I’m also a founder and Art Director at Plastic Sound Supply, an electronic music label.
How did you get started in your field? Did you study something in particular or are you self-taught?
In the late 90s I had a close friend that had started web design studio and needed help. At that point, I had dabbled in photoshop and html. But, nothing major. I decided instead of going to school for 2 more years, I’ll jump in head first with some on-the-job training. Things went well and I started to learn a lot more about design and the business side of things. Most of the work we did was designing and developing web sites for small-to-medium size businesses.
Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?
After designing and developing web sites for 4+ years, I decided that I wanted to concentrate on what I was good at, design. I was fortunate to I hook up with Nobot Media, an electronic music label based in Colorado. For the first time, I started doing print work in large volume. I worked on everything from identity and branding to working with musicians on CD and 12 inch cover designs. Friends and people in the label started to tell me that my work was starting to resemble “art” rather than “design.” Soon after that I decided to start making art under the name Snowblinded.
What do you feel are the most important skills for artists and designers to have/develop?
I think its important to stay inspired. Whether you gain the inspiration from other designers, life in general, music or whatever. It’s important take in all those influences so that your productive with whatever you create.
Where do you go for design inspiration?
How do you typically start a new project?
By daydreaming. I know it might sound funny, but the most productive and rewarding projects I have ever worked on, were conceived well before I touched the computer.
Do you have any favorite websites for interacting with others in the design community?
What are your 5 favorite sites online?
Right now it’s:
Who, in the online world, would you say has had the biggest influence on you?
From a business perspective I’m influenced by Sheppard Fairy (obeygiant.com) and Scott Hanson (iso50.com). Not to say I don’t like their artwork. What really impresses me is there vision to create a brand that has grown out of there determination and hard work. From a design perspective its always inspiring to see the work of UniversalEverthing. Matt Pyke is always doing such interesting and innovative projects. Also, I think Psyop is incredible. There a small advertising and animation studio that produces truly unbelievable work.
What are the tools you couldn’t live without?
2GB Flash Drive, Media Temple Hosting, PayPal, itunes, Adobe Creative Suite, and my Sony VAIO.