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”.
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.
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 mindsigh.tumblr.com and adsbyad.tumblr.com. 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.
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.