Design Faculty, Northwestern University
1. What inspired you to become a mentor for the Flag 2021 competition?
I was asked by my colleague Martinez E-B to participate as he’s aware of my long teaching history, and I can almost never pass up the chance for some friendly competition.
2. Through this experience what did you learn from your student, and what did you hope to impart upon your student?
I had the luck of working with two separate students for this challenge, Edward Carr and Deahvyon Jones. I came in with very few preconceived notions, and just wanted to help them push their ideas forward into something fresh and exciting, while still keeping their visions intact.
3. Tell us about a favorite memory you have working with your student(s).
My favorite memory of the process was seeing their work for the first time, and getting excited at the possibilities. Both of these gentlemen started off with visually striking ideas rendered in colored pencil. Pushing these into ‘flag format’ (i.e. consistent stripe sizes, proportionality, unified star shapes, etc.) took a bit of work, but the end result still showed off their ideas with some of my design flourishes that made them shine.
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