Meet Adam Grey (@adamxgrey): Graphic Designer From Cincinnati, OH

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In the spirit of giving back, and our desire to support local businesses and artists, we are doing an artist spotlight series. We will be showcasing a new artist each day for the next 31 days. Today’s artist is Adam Grey, a graphic designer from Cincinnati, Oh.

Adam is a 20 year old graphic designer currently living in downtown Cincinnati, Oh. His most famous work is a piece known as “Typography Tyler Durden”, a typographical piece based on Fight Club, and a piece known as “Primal Fashion”.


Danny Phantom

Question: How did you get into design?
Adam’s Answer: I started designing when I was about 12 years old. My mom’s fiancé at the time was an IT guy who also did a lot of work in Photoshop. One day, I was watching him work and I was amazed at the things he could do. I told him I wanted to be able to do that and over the next few years that they were still together, he taught me nearly everything he knew.

Question: Where are you from, where did you go to school?
Adam’s Answer: I’m from a small town in Kentucky named Maysville and I graduated from high school there at Mason County High School. Two weeks after graduation, I moved about 100 miles away to Mason, OH to attend The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati where I received my associate’s degree in graphic design. I’m currently working on my bachelor’s degree in graphic design through The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.


Geisha’s Delight

Question: What are your tools of the trade?
Adam’s Answer: I usually find myself using Photoshop and Illustrator the most, but I’m well-versed in the rest of Adobe Creative Suite. MacBook Pro. iPad. Pretty much any kind of technology can be used to create in some way.

Question: What websites do you go to for design inspiration?
Adam’s Answer: If you look at the right blogs, Tumblr has a lot of great artwork. I’m particularly fond of and Other than that, I’m really inspired by designer fashion and how they can be incorporated into magazine covers or editorials, so I may take a peek at Vogue, Vanity Fair, Flaunt, GQ, etc.

Question: What is your favorite movie, band, and artist?
Adam’s Answer: My favorite movie is Fight Club, hands down. I’ve created a lot of work based on it. My favorite band (singer) is Lana Del Rey — I’ve always been enamored with 50’s/60’s fashion and music and she embodies the beauty of it all. My favorite artist is M. Alice LeGrow. She’s mostly commonly known as the creator of the Tokyopop-published manga ”Bizenghast” (of which, I am a huge fan). Her art style is elegant, gothic, and absolutely incredible.


Typography Fight Club Series: Tyler Durden

Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Adam’s Answer: I’ve always loved Asian culture and I will travel to Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai at some point in my life.

Question: When you’re not designing, what do you like to do?
Adam’s Answer: I like spending time with friends and family when I can and I’m a frequent movie-goer, but I’m also a classically trained pianist and vocalist. I also love video games, but then again, who doesn’t?

Question: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Adam’s Answer: I would want to meet Alexander McQueen. I love the entire style of his clothing, his fashion house’s image, and everything about him. He was the first really famous and successful person I had seen in the creative industry that represented a darker style and wasn’t a musician.

Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in design?
Adam’s Answer: Take criticisms with a grain of salt. If you change your work because 100 people tell you to, you lose your individualism.

View more of Adam’s artwork at his website.

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