Tuesday, May 29, 2012

{familiar face} kerry grolle

Sorry about this guys... the person that was originally going to be featured as May's Familiar Face was unable to interview at the last minute.  Instead of skipping the month, I'll be filling in myself.  I'll do my best to make it all up to you next month.  In the mean time, get to know me a little more below!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Creative, child-like, trustworthy.

How has design influenced the way you work?
One of the most influential moments in my life happened when I was listening to a speaker at the local college ministry called Celebration.  He was talking about how he was overwhelmed by the beauty of God's creation as seen in written communication; specifically, the speaker noted that the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen was the perfect form of the shoulder and terminal in a lower cased "r" on a poster.  The realization that the details (character anatomy in this case) are just as crucial as the big picture (typeface characters) has affected my work ever since.  For me, design is in the overall composition as well as each painstakingly exciting decision - typeface, character case, color palette, theme, medium, etc. - that informs it.

What is the paper good you can't live without, practical or otherwise?
I carry a sketchbook with me almost everywhere I go.  The pages are a place to communicate, process thoughts, test new ideas, take notes, store samples, and do pretty much everything else I can think of.  I have been keeping a sketchbook for a nearly ten years and these notebooks chronicle my days as a designer.  They have become a treasure as well as a tool.

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