New Heroes Presentation – More Progress

As I mentioned last week, I've been piecing together the remainder of the presentation. Come Thursday, I'll be sharing everything I've gathered about Patrick Moore and his career as a designer. After learning about Pecha-Kucha presentations in my Advanced Branding class, I've been trying to design these slides with a similar mindset. Here's a sneak peak:

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I'll be sure to let check in next week after the presentation is over.

New Heroes Presentation – Organizing Talking Points

Last week, I had a great conversation with Patrick Moore about his design work, career path, and much more. Moving forward, I've explained that I'll begin assembling my presentation.

I'm starting with some major talking points, such as his backstory, career path, technique, style, and other advice.

Next week, I'm hoping to have made even more progress. After that, I'll have the following week to make final refinements.

An illustration by Patrick Moore for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams  (Credit:

An illustration by Patrick Moore for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (Credit:

New Heroes Presentation – Interviewing Patrick Moore

Last week, I explained that I had managed to land an interview with designer/illustrator Patrick Moore, with the plans of talking to him on Wednesday. 

Looking back, I'm thrilled to say that the interview went very well. He was incredibly flattered that I chose him, and asked me about myself before I could even ask him questions. We discussed his career path, creative process, methods for achieving balance in his work and life, and much more. It was apparent in our conversation that he loves what he does, and wanted the best for me as an aspiring designer. Upon concluding the call, I was very inspired.

Recording the audio clearly was a challenge, but thankfully, I tested extensively beforehand. In the end, I put my phone on speaker and placed it near the microphone on my laptop. The quality of the call turned out to be quite nice, so I'm very relieved. Here's my state-of-the-art setup:


Over the next week, I'll begin piecing together my presentation. I'm eager to share what I've learned.

New Heroes Presentation – Selecting Designers

During the first week of Applied Design, I've been tasked with searching for a few designers that I would consider interviewing for our New Heroes Presentation. I'll be the eighth student to present, giving me more than a few weeks to get my work together. At any rate, I'd like to put a great deal of thought into whichever up-and-coming individual I choose.


One of the first designers to come to mind was Philipp Dettmer, one of the minds behind Kurzgesagt, a team from Munich that creates delightful motion graphics pieces on scientific and historical topics:


I'm also considering Graham Erwin, a Columbus-based designer and illustrator who produces a variety of great illustrations that have a very graphic aesthetic. He's also had a great relationship with CCAD, having visited the campus on several occasions. His posters for officially licensed properties have been especially popular:



    A third person in whom I'm interested is Patrick Moore, a graduate from CCAD and graphic designer for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. He spoke last spring on-campus as a part of a presentation from several alumni with Graphic Design and Illustration majors, and I found his insights and body of work to be very intriguing:

    Once I decide upon a favorite or two, I'll begin contacting them. Some will be decidedly harder to reach than others, and there's no guarantee that all of them will be able or interested in interviewing. In about a week, though, I should probably have a clear choice.