Mitch Williams

Boise, ID |

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“When I was trying to decide what to go to school for, I found an old sketchbook with made-up logos I did. I figured then that it would be a good fit. Also, there is a unique satisfaction in seeing your work out in the world. I don't want a job where I feel like I have to do it everyday: I want to enjoy what I do.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“What I thought about being a graphic designer is still true, but nothing like I ever imagined-- in a good way. I like the freedom that I eventually hope to acquire with this career. I like how I can kind of work through any field I want through doing design for them: I can do everything from musicians to scientists, or whoever, depending on what I want to design or what job I get-- most careers don’t give you that. And I really like being hands-on.”

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

“I try and do everything that I can without the computer: I think I can just get my ideas out more quickly. The way I brainstorm ideas, I get flooded with inspiration sometimes, and other times I get nothing; so I can get it all down with my hands, then go to the computer and clean it all up later.”

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

“Pretty clean, with just a few colors. Looking at professional silkscreen printers, all of their art looks like they don’t even have to try, like they're just doing what they want and having fun, and it just looks amazing-- I want my work to reflect that same kind of attitude.”

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

“I want everything I do to look like I wanted to do it; I don’t want any of my work to look forced. There’s a lot of ethic-pushing in the industry now, but I hope it doesn’t turn into people taking stances just because it’s a trend in design; then it becomes less honest. Sometimes it feels more like doing what everyone else is doing, rather than just believing in a cause. I want to either have my own business, like Aaron Draplin, but if that doesn’t happen, I’d want to be with a few other people in a small firm."

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 I’m just going to let my work take me where it’s going to take me. There are a few places I’d like to work for-- I really want to do show prints: everything I do is a way to try and get me in that direction. But seeing as that’s kind of becoming an outdated process, it’ll be a career-long challenge to combine technology and show prints. I don’t want to look at myself twenty years down the road and feel like I’m an analog designer in a digital world: I want to find a nice harmony between the two.”

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

“Aubrey Beardsley and Alex Trochut. The Furturtle Show Prints guy, Travis Bone, is pretty much my all-time favorite inspiration. Ben Wilson is another favorite of mine, along with Jeff Kleinsmith: they're both creative and entrepreneurial inspirations.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I'd like to use my graphic training and apply it to silkscreen concert posters: nothing sounds more fun and satisfying than that. I'll pretty much go where life takes me.”

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