Scott Sharp

Florence, MT |

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“It looked like the best way to achieve a creative life. I didn't really know everything that graphic design entailed before I came to MSU, but I was also influenced by my brother-in-law; he owns his own design business.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“Living a creative life. I think it makes everywhere I go a more creative place: I look around and appreciate more nuances of the design around me that I wouldn’t notice if I wasn’t a designer.”

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

“Definitely, but there are certain things in the real world that are different. You don’t have two weeks for every project, but thesis provides plenty of crunch-time to feel that pressure.”

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

“I’m very much a procrastinator, but since I got to pick my project for thesis, I get more joy from doing the homework for it; I spend more time on it when I should be. It kind of feels like work before I do it, but once I start, I work a lot longer than I originally plan on and kind of lose myself in it.”

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

“I haven’t developed a personal style. I have more of a clean and minimalist look, more or less.”

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

“I think you have to do that in every job. It's not much of a problem. I think you live an amazing life if you get away with not having to do that; I think you work better with things that you’re invested in, personally, and I think that would give you a more fulfilling day at the job.”

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?

“It’ll probably impact me, but not in any way that I’m aware of at the moment. I still think there’s plenty to do out there that doesn’t revolve around doing web design, so I think I can get away with not having to know everything.”

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

“I really enjoy a Abduzeedo, a wonderful compilation everyday that’s super inspiring. I think it’s important just to see other art that’s out there. In all of my other interests, I know who’s doing what and who’s who, but that hasn’t sunk into design yet.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I absolutely hope to continue my life with a career in designing for one of my passions: I'd like to work in either the dirt biking or video gaming industry.”

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