Spencer Ready

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“I like art, I always have, since kindergarten. My mom is an interior designer, and she raised me to have an eye for good and bad design; I enjoy it because I understand it. I chose graphic design because it's an art field that you can actually make some money in-- there's a chance of getting a job that pays.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“There's such a broad range of what you can do with it. You can do whatever you want with design. Design is everywhere around us.”

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

“You get what you want to get out of school. I mean, I have never used Photoshop, and some kids are pro at it: not because the teachers taught it, but because they took the initiative to learn it. Has it prepared me? Sure-- But it was a pretty general range of stuff. They taught me the difference between serif and san-serif, and gave me a guide for what makes good design. Other than that, I think real-world experience is what really counts.”

How would you describe your process when working on a project?

“I sketch, and then I do. I like color-coordinating stuff. I like to re-do sketches, then re-do them and make them better, then re-do those until they are everything I need.”

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

“I like clean design. I like really discrete, monochromatic stuff. Not super-powerful, but elegant.”

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

“If I don't like it, I'm not going to do it. I want to take a break from design and put together a portfolio with projects that I'm interested in, so I can work somewhere that I want to work.”

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?

“More traditional mediums, hands-down: I respect the time people put into it, and I find that type of work enjoyable. Technology is handy, and I use it when I have to-- you have to put a file on a computer in order to print it, so it's inevitable.”

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

“I use Change The Thought quite a bit-- that's one of my go-to's. Juxtapoz magazine is cool, and I really like Victorian-era typography.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I'm going to the oil-rigs. I'm going to buy a sweet motorcycle. And then... I don't know. Someday I want a career in design, when the economy is better, but I'll figure it out when it comes.”

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