Walker Howard

Bozeman, MT | 

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“My interest in the visual, ever since I was little. Drawing was a huge thing, encouraged by the parentals: I have a sketchbook nearby at all times. In high school I heard that graphic design could be a cool creative career. I entered the design program not really knowing what was in store for me, but I am stoked.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“Having the ability to inspire others. Spreading ideas through pictures-- kind of like a scientific approach to visual communication.”

Do you think school has helped prepare you for entering the real world?

“I thought graphic design was pretty much Photoshop, I didn’t really understand what it was until I came to school. I wasn't too stoked on the computer aspect at first, but I learned so much more. Like, Wacoms are sweet! Now I can make stuff way more precisely, it’s more productive, a lot faster. I can take a rough sketch, scan it in, draw over, and make something on a professional level.”

Would you say that you have a personal design "style" in your work?

“I've been influenced by lots of travel, starting at a young age: from Central to South America, and Europe. And the outdoors: from backpacking to canoeing to hiking mountains. I love the outdoors and being outside.”

For designers, do you believe it's more important to work on projects you're passionate about or take whatever work is available?

“I hope I’ll be able to plug it in through a self-employed type of deal. I don’t wanna graduate and be glued to a screen and end up working for a firm-- that sounds awful! I want to keep designing on my own terms, and keep doing what I like to do. We live in an age of entrepreneurs.”

The graphic design industry is doing more digitally-based work these days: are you excited about the evolution of design, or do you like more traditional mediums?

“I agree that print is getting less frequent, and digital design is taking over, but I don’t really feel that it’s that productive. I feel like it’s just through the smart technologies that we are only complicating things. I think the industry is gonna pose a huge a field for work, it’s what people are gonna see, so it might as well look good. I don’t want to bash technology: It’s a design tool. And it’s useful. And for professional illustration, it’s the most precise drawing utensil you could ever have.”

Do you have any favorite designers, artists, or resources you like to get inspiration from?

“Gotta love Rubens, Leo Da Vinci, Picasso, Salvadore Dali, and j.Rod-- he’s from Bozeman. There’s art everywhere: my style is influenced through music and being a social creature on the planet.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I want to play in the outdoors, that’s always a priority. But in the design realm, I wanna do illustrations. I wanna draw some cool things, whether that be digital or sketchbook or on canvas. At the same time, though, I want to be close to the outdoors. I want to try and stay away from cities for as long as possible. After graduation I hope to get to a beach and surf. A lot. And do art. And then see if something presents itself, but if anything: ride waves and keep getting inspired.”

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