Colin Tuttle

North Conway, NH |

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“I had a great graphic design teacher in high school named Mr. Higgins. He was a really funny guy that made design a lot of fun.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“I like creating stuff; stuff is better than pretty pictures. I’ve always been an art person. I think that a lot of people don’t know the full breadth of the profession-- it can be tough to explain that sometimes. It’s not just a logo: there’s a lot more to it than most people understand.”

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

“I think a little of both. Thesis helped me learn what I needed to learn if I were to make a ski company's branding and identity; starting from the ground-up and marketing. But as far as if I were to work at a firm, I probably wouldn’t be doing most of that stuff. The process is a lot more widespread in school: I’m doing marketing, logo design, product design, apparel-- a lot of everything, rather than focusing on one specific aspect.”

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

“Definitely a procrastinator: I kind of wait for an idea and then follow that through. Then if it sucks, I have to go back and do the whole thing again. Thesis made me try to do a lot more thinking before I did things, but I don’t generally do that.”

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

“I kind of jump around with styles, but I definitely gravitate towards more flashy stuff. Thesis helped me get my style down, because it was just so open.”

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 that no matter who you are, you’re always going to work with a client who’s not going to line up with exactly what you want to do. I have to work with the worst people ever sometimes, and you have to give them that 'I want the thing I sketched on the napkin for you!'”

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 think it’ll definitely affect me. I’ve been trying to stay up on my web design a little bit. I know I’ll probably have to do more and learn more, so I’m trying to stay on top of that. I like technology. I’m not too well-versed on that kind of stuff-- I know a little After Effects-- but it’s exciting. I think it would be really fun.”

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

Brandnu: I just remember stumbling upon this, and I really liked it. I liked all of Ben Barry’s stuff when he came to visit MSU, too. I generally do a lot of online research. I like Stumbleupon-- it’s a serious time-suck, though. Otherwise, if I see something in the everyday, I try to take a note of it, or take a picture.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I'd like to eventually start a design firm or t-shirt shop.”

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