Describe your path to design:
I ascertained my first copy of adobe photoshop when I was in high school. Around that time I started learning about what “graphic design” was, and while I had no good knowledge of what I was looking to do, I was really stoked by the opportunity to make a living creating things. Ever since then, I have just been trying to find the most direct way to spend my time creating things.
Louise Fili and those associated with her studio, Dan Cassaro, Simon Walker, Jay Ryan
Your favorite source of inspiration?
I really enjoy going to new places and wandering around. I always find the most curious things when I don’t know where I am.
Advice for someone wanting a career in design?
Find what you are both good at and enjoy doing. Spend time learning who has done it before you. Work hard at developing your skill. Be tenacious.
That and you are the product you are selling.
Have you ever felt insecure about your work?
Yes. It sucks. I hate it when I have this idea in my head that I can see so vividly, but for the life of me, I can’t seem to get it out. Or when I spend hours exploring options but never find the solution. It’s easy to take those moments, and try to turn them into some existential symbols.
How do you overcome?
I switch gears. I try to take the problem that was unsurmountable, put it aside, and focus on smaller things that I can do easily. That or go outside and walk around. Sometimes I just got to wander.
Are you better in the early morning or late night?
I would say I am better in the morning, but if I’ve had a few drinks in me, I am pretty enjoyable to be around late at night.
How can someone hire you to help their business?
You can email me at andy(at)deuxtone.com.
What is your Waco connection:
I moved here in 2008 to attend Baylor University.
Here’s a million dollars to spend on waco, what’s next?
I would organize a team of community leaders from across the city, and enable them to enact change within their respective communities. This effort would be paired with an advisory council of community building experts with whom the community leaders would consult. There would also be a stipulation that every community leader must partner with another leader in an effort to better encourage cross-community support.
That or go around painting buildings downtown vibrant colors. If you ever look around, you’ll notice over 80% of the buildings downtown are all neutral tones without accent colors. C’mon.