Austin and I used to work together a few years back and he is crazy! Always coming into the office with one awesome idea after another, most them were just ridiculous, but awesome nonetheless.
I would have to credit him and another friend, Mat, for giving me a whole new view of design and sparking an interest in it which has led to a greater appreciation of it.
Name: Austin Eidson
Graphic design. The cool thing about my style is that I’m pushed to try something new every project. During the day I’m the Art Director/Designer at Christ In Youth, so every season has a new look and feel to the programs. I am mostly contacted by people to do logo design and brand development.
When I started college, I thought about being in the medical field was the most logical thing to do. I soon found out that I wasn’t very good at it, and I enjoyed drawing my professors more than listening to them. I changed my major after my first year.
I definitely draw inspiration from other people. I’m part of an amazing community of designers at dribbble and seeing the amazing work people do, gets the creative mojo flowing.
I create mostly in my office at CIY is my favorite creative factory, but I try to setup camp at home as much as possible. With a 6 and 2 year old running around that gets a little challenging sometimes.
How do you make time for your art: I am blessed enough to actual say that’s what I get to do all day. If you ask my daughter what her daddy does she says, “He gets to color all day and play with his friends”.
Without a doubt I feel my art serves purpose. At CIY, we exist to build up Kingdom workers which is using your gifts and talents to help further the Kingdom. I like to think that designing an awesome campaign will be enough to persuade a student/youth minister to experience an awesome time at our events.
I still feel like I’m learning. There are some buttons in Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign that I have zero clue what they do. They could butter my bread for all I know.
I’m not sure if some of the insecurities I deal with is laziness or A.D.D., but sometimes it’s so hard to get into the creative minde…oh… HEY! A jelly doughnut!
I would like to see my designs get a little more cleaner in the future, but more impactful. Starting out my career in digital collage, you learn quickly that you can say a ton with a lot of stuff going on. In the future I hope to say a lot with little on a page.
To the college student/entry level designer, pick up the phone and call agencies and firms and see if you can be a part of their team. I called 3 agencies before one of them said yes.
At CIY I’m working on all the summer programs apparel currently. Freelancing, I’ve been doing a ton of stuff for unearthedpictures.
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