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Jesse Stewart

graphic designer
Location: Leadville, Colorado

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Interview

2007

How did you become a designer?

I got some markers and notebook paper together when I was a kid. The guys at Joyengine in Boulder helped me out with the internship opportunity.

Where are you from originally?

All around the world.

Who were your main influences growing up?

Frank Gehry, M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, Bob Ross, artistically. My family, otherwise.

Did you go to art school/college for design or are you self-taught?

I took some architecture classes to keep me distracted during college, other than that, self taught.

Any advice or tips to novice designers?

hen the going gets tough, that is a positive signal to keep charging. I bit that quote from Victor Wooten, who should be under the music question.

What has been the most rewarding and challenging project you have worked on?

Since March of 2006 I’ve been heading up a nonprofit organization called Above Grounds. This organization promotes an intangible idea of community, and to come up with original artwork and a well designed system for representing and communicating “community” was a good challenge. In some ways, though, being the person that writes the copy and knows the organization better than anyone else makes my job of communicating the message visually much easier than if I was working for someone else.

What is your favorite portfolio piece? Why?

“cubes” because it’s just really simple, but the visual aspect is intriguing, I think so anyway.

What American artist inspires you most?

Jason Theilke, because I can find things in his work even after I’ve already looked at it for hours.