Interview with the member of the Month

Eric Smith

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a happy guy, grateful for such a wonderful life. I live and work as a freelance creative in Washington State.

I see that you have a lot of work with illustrations. How does your illustration affect your design?

I grew up drawing, always drawing. Therefore … love illustration projects.

I try and incorporate subtle illustration elements into all my work, giving each piece a human, hand-made feel. I believe in and enjoy the fusion of the analog and digital worlds.

What is Live Now, when did you start, and why?

Live Now is a collection of friends pursuing happy lives. I started it awhile back, after being diagnosed with cancer, as a method of healing. It has continued to grow in time with many methods of communication, including; a published book with HOW Books, an online community, future apparel line, a handful of exhibits and many more ideas. It’s such a cool project, and I’m very grateful to be a part of it.

What other projects are you participating or planning?

I’ve got some really fun work going now. Working hard on our Live Now book, drawing, collaborating, planning, etc. Doing some things with Myspace, plus a few other exciting brand projects.

On the illustration / art side of things, I have a neat project going with Pinball Publishing, and a group show I’m taking part in at Gowanus Studio - NYC, opening May 22.

I’m also pursuing a new studio position, so if you are looking to add to your roster - please do get in touch.

What do you do when your client wants a design that you think is hideous?

Initially, try and explain a different approach with reasoning why. But, if the client is excited about their idea, do the best that I can with it and make them happy.

Is there anything you want to say to Minimal Sites?

Great collection of work. Keep up the good work Jung.

Thanks for the interview!

I have to mention about your first son, Otto. He is adorable. What kind of father are you and will be?

Thanks! Otto is the best. Such a gift. The happiest baby I’ve ever seen.

I hope to be the best father I can - teaching, loving, laughing. My family and loved ones are very important to me.

Comments

jung's picture
jung, 04.14.2010 - 09:09

Thank you, Eric

Richard's picture
Richard, 05.04.2010 - 17:59

Awesome work Eric, thanks ever so much. Very inspiring. Also I thought you might like to know that my antivirus software flags the iCVBook.com homepage (to which you have a link on page 30 here) as a threat…

Sarah 's picture
Sarah , 06.17.2010 - 17:14

It must be fate. I just stumbled upon Eric’s website earlier this week … and now this article. Great interview, Jung! Thank you to both of you for such inspiration!

pista's picture
pista, 09.08.2010 - 05:13

Love your work and attitude Eric. Lot to learn from you.

seo montreal's picture
seo montreal, 02.26.2011 - 03:46

Valuable content and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up

Yancy's picture
Yancy, 02.27.2011 - 17:10

Hey Eric is this your facebook page?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-M-Smith-Illustrator/ice machines/21617466325

I would love to link up with you and talk about some design stuff. I have a lot of questions and really look up to your work.