You also make a lot of album covers. What kind of music do you listen to? Does music influence your work?
I do. I have a lot of friends who make music and a lot of connections to the music world, in particular hip-hop, so cover art is one of the first ways I started to get my chops in design.
I love music, all kinds, hip-hop, rock, jazz, blues, instrumental…good music is essential to my work process. For me, as a kid and a music fan, the cover art was always a big part of the experience—the packaging, the booklet, the presentation. As a designer and an artist, it’s really fun and satisfying to be able to create those kinds of
experiences, especially for my friends.
You studied graphic design at BU. What drew you to design?
Originally I was going to do art education, but I realized that the job market for full-time art teachers in public high schools was one that had a somewhat precarious future (my own high school, Fenway didn’t have an art program when I attended and many schools in Boston and elsewhere do not). Ironically I have taught a sophomore art elective at my old high school every year since getting my BFA... I picked GD as a way to keep my options open…I loved combining my creative work with our activism, and design was one of the ways I was able to contribute something unique and valuable to the work we were doing.
What was BU like? Did you like it?
In many ways BU was a blessing. I was granted a full scholarship and attended a great undergrad BFA program and met a lot of great folks. I focused on design and also