We are super late for artist of the month this month, but we didn’t miss it! Artist of the month for September 2013 goes to graphic designer Christian Jackson. Christian, born in Wisconsin and currently residing in the west suburbs, St. Charles, IL (Chicago); has been doing graphic design for 10 years now.
I chose Christian as September artist of the month because of his minimalism graphic design project, Classic Children’s Stories. Minimalism has been very popular recently and so have the re-designing of movie posters in minimalist form. These poster designs by Christian have encompassed the barest possible design while still being able to let you recognize which story they represent.
You can view/follow more of Christian via the links below:
Before we get to the posters though, I wanted to share with you some of the questions I had a chance to ask Christian in a quick interview.
How old are you?
Just turned 31 on September 15th.
What made you want to become a Graphic Designer?
I grew up in a very creative home. I’ve illustrated all my life. However my brain is just as much technical as it is creative. The organization of design really appealed to me, and it was a way to make my creativity lucrative and inevitably do what I love for the rest of my life – create!
What University(s) did you attend and what is your degree in?
Ha! No universities, just a terrible technical school that I don’t want to credit by even mentioning its name. I got my degree in print design, but now I work in interactive. Outside the basic fundamentals of design, I’m completely self-taught.
Where did you land your first Design related job?
Well I did small design jobs here and there on the side of a lame full-time job for years, but my first official full-time design gig was with VSA Partners.
Tell us a little about Sinch Art & Design:
Sinch started in 2007. Back then it was known as Square Inch Design. It’s my freelance alias for art and design. Online it’s a place where I post my latest work whether it’s a new art print for sale or a new interface for a client, and I also share a plethora of inspiration from other designers on my blog.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? My time is always filled with something if it’s not client work, then it’s personal side projects, like the children’s book I’m currently illustrating (http://imaginemaggie.com). And when I’m not working I have two, tiny, crazy, little girls that keep me plenty of busy… and entertained.
Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?
There is a thriving design community out there, which of course you already know. You’re blog in a great part of it. I’m plugged in all the time. Design in constantly in my vision. And though I draw a lot of inspiration from it, I’d have to say that my biggest source of inspiration is derived from ugliness. Things that are poorly designed really get my creative mojo going. I can’t help but try and come up with ways to make it better.
What does your office look like?
It’s the exact opposite of inspiring, which is just how I like it. I put a small desk in the corner of my loft. It has wonderful light and that’s all I need. I freelance and most of my creative thinking happens away from my desk. If I’m at my computer I’m working. So, the fewer distracting frills the better.
What design tools/software do you use?
I tend to stick to Photoshop and Illustrator for my design work. There aren’t very many print jobs these days so InDesign remains neglected which is just the way I like it. I also do a lot of illustration work, and for the digital stuff there is nothing better the Sketchbook Pro. It’s the most real-to-life drawing and painting app I’ve ever used. Hardware wise, I’m still rockin’ my iMac from 2009, and a Bamboo Wacom Tablet from 2007. You don’t need the latest tools to do the job right I guess.
Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?
It use to be Chrome across the board but since iOS 7 I’m diggin’ Safari on mobile and I keep Chrome for my desktop.
What are some of your future goals as a Graphic Designer?
To not be one… or at least not in the traditional sense. The only downside to my job is having clients, and if any of my clients are reading this right now, well… it’s true and I’m not sorry. I love designing, and I love creating things. My ultimate goal is to do it at my own discretion without the restrictions of what the client wants. I want to use my design abilities as an art-form and make things based on my own interests and inspirations. If people like it and want to buy it, then great! No client strings attached. It’s selfish and far fetched I know, but the heart wants what it wants.
Now the fun part, his graphic design project! Here are just a few of the classic children’s stories posters by Christian, you can view all of them on his website here. These children story posters were done using the minimalist approach. You can also order any of these from Christian’s website to be put on a poster, iPhone case, T-Shirt, card, pillow, and more.
Goldilocks & The Three Bears
The Wizard of Oz
Little Red Riding Hood
The Three Little Pigs
Beauty & The Beast
Jack & The Beanstalk
Alice in Wonderland