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Weapons of Mass Creation interview: Mark Weaver

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Here’s the third installation of the Weapons of Mass Creation video interview series featuring designer & illustrator Mark Weaver. Not sure what this is all about? Read the kick-off article to get caught up!

You’ll find both the video interview & the transcript (to make up for poor audio quality) below. Enjoy!

GoMediazine: How would people know you?

Mark Weaver: I’m a graphic designer & illustrator. And basically, I started doing this project called “Make something Cool Every Day”, which was started by Olly Moss who is kind of a famous graphic designer. I started working on this project doing designs every day. Eventually people started blogging my stuff. It got kind of, I don’t know, it got on some big graphic design blogs. I started getting some work from it. Did some work for Wired recently. I got some recognition from that project – just a personal project.

GoMediazine: Who are some of your clients?

Mark Weaver: Paste Magazine.

GoMediazine: Wait, did you say Paste?!

Mark Weaver: Paste.

GoMediazine: Oh, I love that magazine.

Mark Weaver: Oh really, I used to work there. I worked there for two years. Yea, it’s good. I did some layout for them. We did the whole magazine redesign. I’ve done work for NASCAR.com through Turner Interactive. They do all the NBA, NASCAR – all that stuff. Georgia Music Hall Fame, I did some work for.

GoMediazine: So, what was your favorite project?

Mark Weaver: Definitely Wired, because recently they asked me to do an illustration, just whatever I wanted as long as it had the date in there. So it was really open ended and really fun.

GoMediazine: So why did you come to the Weapon of Mass Creation campaign?

Mark Weaver: I just thought it was a really cool idea, and some good exposure to get my name out there. Seemed like a fun thing to do.

GoMediazine: What’s your opinion on stock art & design resources?

Mark Weaver: Well, a lot of the stuff I do is based on public domain images. I take a lot of different images & create something new out of them, kind of like a collage style. So I think it’s great to have stuff like that out there for designers to use & be creative with.

GoMediazine: So how did you get started as a designer?

Mark Weaver: Oh man. I mean, I’ve always had a love for drawing. Started drawing at an early age. It was just a natural path for me to go in that direction – to do illustration & design. It’s not something I really chose. It was natural to do.

GoMediazine: I would doodle on the side of my math homework.

Mark Weaver: Yea, I’d rather be drawing!

GoMediazine: What is your ideal project?

Mark Weaver: Oh man. Probably my ideal project would be doing a series of posters for the White Stripes.

GoMediazine: Who are your inspirations?

Mark Weaver: Like, artists? Or?

GoMediazine: You know, you could name artists, or just whatever inspires you?

Mark Weaver: I would have to say Stanley Kubrick is kind of a big inspiration for me. Just, the way he shoots film. Everything is very structured & precise & really clean. I feel inspired by his work and I try to emulate that in my work. Especially ’2001 A Space Odyssey”, which is like my favorite movie.

GoMediazine: Your work has a nostalgic vibe to it, what draws you in that direction?

Mark Weaver: You know, I’m really not sure why I’m drawn to that. I really like vintage looking mid-century style things. I just love clean typography – like Swiss typography style. I can’t really explain it. I just feels real. It feels … I don’t know. I really can’t explain it. I just love it.

GoMediazine: Lately there seems to be an abundance of people latching on to the style of retro-futurist-modernist-whatever. Do you worry that’s a passing trend?

Mark Weaver: Sometimes I do think about that. I have seen a lot of people doing that sort of style. But even when I started doing this ‘Make Something Cool Everyday’ thing, it wasn’t even close to what I’m doing now. My style is evolving even from when I started back in January. So I’m just trying new things. I could be doing something totally different next year or next month. It’s just an experiment.

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  • Tim Collins

    Awesome. Very inspiring…

  • Kevin

    I love these interviews, lots to learn from them. Keep em coming :D

    Kevin
    http://www.kbdesigns.nl

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    Good and informative interview…good questions too and answers of course as well.
    Thanks for this post.

  • john5cole

    Really nice interview you guys. Thanks so much for these. They always give me great ideas to expand my skills and business.

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  • john5cole

    Mark…just wanted to thank you again for the interview. It inspired me to jump on the Make Something Cool Every Day bandwagon. You can read about it on my blog @ http://resourcehive.com/2010/02/01/make-somethi

    Thanks again!

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