New Heroes Presentation – Emails and Posters

Last week, I explained that I had made contact with Philipp Dettmer of Kurzgesagt, and planned on securing an interview time by this week. Sadly, he hasn't responded to the emails I've sent out, which has prompted me to contact Patrick Moore, one of other designers I had considered. After emailing him, I received an enthusiastic reply a mere hour later, so I have a hero after all! I'll be talking with him Wednesday evening.

In light of this development, I've pieced together a poster for the presentation (assuming he is interested in talking with me). As you can probably guess, I was largely inspired by his poster work for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams:

Contacting busy designers has certainly had its challenges, but I'm glad that Patrick Moore responded so quickly. Within next week, I hope to have learned a great deal from this interview.

New Heroes Presentation – Contacting Kurzgesagt

Last week, I shared a few designers with whom I'm interested in interviewing. My top choice was Philipp Dettmer of Kurzgesagt, a team of designers/animators that make motion graphics pieces about scientific, historical, and current topics. I sent an email through the group's website, and a few days ago, I received a reply from Philipp, who expressed his willingness to participate in an interview. I've since told him of my availability (factoring in the time zone differences, of course), and I'm waiting to hear back. By next week, I hope to secure a date and time, and possibly even talk with them, depending on how quickly things move. I'll also begin working on a poster that's meant to advertise my presentation and highlight my hero of choice.


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.