What is your greatest achievement?
That's a difficult question. I guess if I had to choose something related to my work it would be that I have survived a freelance illustrator ever since school. It has been scary sometimes but I think it was important that I believed that it would work. One of my favourite professors once told me 'Don't have a backup plan. If you do, you'll use it.'
How would you describe your work/style to someone who hadn't seen it?
Bright and playful, flat and graphic.
Who/What inspires you most?
I am really most inspired when I see someone do something really well. When someone creates something that makes me think 'Why didn't I think of that?' It challenges me to try my hardest to do the same.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I have had the chance to collaborate with some really amazing people already, but if I had to choose someone new it would be something I have never done before. Maybe Herman Miller, or Michel Gondry.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
When I was in high school in Idaho I was a farm hand. I eventually was fired.
What one piece of advice would you give your 15 year old self?
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?
I would love to have the opportunity to design more. I mean really get involved in every aspect. I would love to be in a position where I had the trust and resources to do that.
What do you dislike most about popular culture?
There is a lot of pop culture that I love. The only times that I am at odds with it is when it focus on the negative. There is already war, poverty and famine. There is a place in the arts for exposing that for what it is, but I really feel like my role is to expose the beautiful.
What is the greatest invention of all time?
Mathematics. I guess that is more a discovery than an invention, but it is at the heart of everything and really makes the magical possible.
If you didn't do what you do. What would you do?
Realistically I would probably still be waiting tables, but in my fantasy I would be a scientist.Images courtesy of Patrick Hruby