Meet San Francisco designer Nathan Godding. His passion for typography and photography shines in his work. I'm excited for you to read his story! Here's our conversation:
Tell us a bit about yourself. What makes you tick?
I’m a designer and illustrator working at Evernote. I have a sweet tooth and a little terrier named after Buster from Arrested Development.
How did your journey as an artist begin?
I think my first memory involving design was at my elementary school. We had a sort of publishing department in the library where kids could write stories, bind them into cute little books, and then design the covers with those markers that smell like fruit.
When did you find your style? How did it evolve?
My initial attraction to typography has had a big influence on my work. Lately, I’ve been diving into illustration, which is fun. Regardless of the visual execution, I strive for honesty and clarity.
What's your favorite design you've created? Why?
I had fun making a set of foil stamped invitations for a fancy black tie New Year's Eve party. So class. Very luxury.
How do you come up with new ideas when you're in a creative rut?
I like to go for a walk. Clears my mind and gets the blood pumping.
What are five things that are inspiring your work right now?
Chocolate almond crush Pocky, one-line ASCII art, RuPaul's Drag Race, desktop organization, and surfing the world wide web.
What's the best part about your job?
Being a part of a company that I believe in.
What are your biggest challenges to creating art and how do you deal with them? How do you navigate the art world?
I think one of the biggest challenges for artists and designers alike is staying informed of the current art/design scene, both locally and globally. There are so many amazing creators in the world today. It can be both paralyzing and inspiring to think about.
If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning artist, what might you say?
Be open to opportunities when they present themselves. Things don’t always happen when we plan for them to, but sometimes that’s for the best.
What's on your horizon? Do you have any exciting projects coming up or goals for the future?
Lot's of fun stuff coming up at Evernote! I have a couple side projects simmering, and I'm also going to do more traveling this year.
Thanks so much, Nathan!
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