Interview with Tim Cook...

Now today on instantbight we have another interview!

Today on insta5 we have an interview with Tim Cook. Now although he is not the CEO of Apple, Tim is an extraordinary designer and a really great person. He was very quick to respond to my emails, and for that I am grateful. Enjoy!

Q. How/Why/When did you get involved with designing?

A. Its, probably cliché, but I think I've been in to it for as long as I can remember. I remember being in preschool drawing a lot for people (also getting made fun for pink being my favorite color.) Growing up, I was always redrawing pictures from Nintendo Power, Goosebumps covers, comic books, basketball trading cards, etc. and making little clay sculptures of video game scenes. In fact, I was generally more interested in graphic elements of things. For example(s), I loved (still do) the NBA, but was far more interested in looking at trading cards and drawing my favorite teams' logos over and over. I didn't really appreciate the actual sport element as much until I got to middle school. In one form or another, making art has been the one thing that I always felt real confidence in. I probably really started "designing" when I was in middle school. I was never interested in painting landscapes or bowls of fruit, which was all I was really exposed to at the time. It was around that time that I was drawing more thought out illustrations( like this, a drawing made out of the type in "blink 182" ) and started making things for school posters and shirts. Then in high school, I started building and painting sets for our musicals and plays, which made me see how things exist more tangibly. I spent my first two years in college as a Communications major because when I thought of graphic design, I always thought of lame business cards and Kinkos type stuff though, on the side, I was making stuff for friends' bands. Luckily, some of my childhood friends' parents are teachers at the MSU art dept, and they really showed me what design was and I immediately fell in love. There, I met people like Will Bryant, Kate Bingaman Burt, Sarah Foley, and Jude Landry. They really showed me how design is a lifestyle and how great of a lifestyle it is.

Q. If I gave you a million dollars what would you buy and why?

A. I'd start with responsibly and put a 4th in savings. Then, I'd get some standard designer wants like: a new studio space and a lot of new equipment (especially screen printing and letterpress stuff) so I could do anything I want to at anytime and cut out the middle man. Then I'd have fun and get:

- a signed Michael Jordan jersey. - an array of nerdy paraphernalia - A sweet drum set so I could really annoy anyone within 200 feet. - a Wayne White painting. - a Brent Funderburk painting - arcade games: Mortal Kombat II and III, Killer Instinct, The Simpsons, TMNT, Gauntlet, Pacman, Marvel v Capcom 2, Cruisin' USA Those are my immediate answers. I think about it every time I pass a Lottery billboard.
Q. If you could work for any company which would you choose and why?
A. I'd love to work with Kidrobot. They have great design and make amazing figurines. I'd love to get into more product design. For that matter, Super 7 would be a dream come true, too. There are a lot of great firms and collectives out there that I'd love to work with, too, like Public School and Fuzzco. Other than that I'd love to get more into doing spot and editorial illustrations for big publications. Mostly I just want to work with people who want me to/let me make smart, quality work that I have fun making.
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. To keep on keepin' on and get the best work out of myself as possible. I plan to go to grad school within a couple of years and then would really love to teach at a college level. I think that being around young, often unrefined, talent and fresh excitement for design would be a great way to keep me up to speed and excited when I'm older.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I'm currently working on several different things. I'm been trying to revamp my website for almost two months (far too long) but I end up having to put that aside for new client work (which is a great problem to have!) Currently, banging out two client sites within the month. It's also festival season, and I'm printing a lot of "art" prints. I'm probably putting more focus on that then I should, but I just love craft fairs. People there are looking at your work as "art", rather than a "product." and I'm just making stuff that I think is cool. Making for making's sake is great to keep myself inspired all around. I'm also trying to finish watching the original Star Trek series.
Thanks so much Tim. I hope to see much more of you and your awesome work in the future!
Thanks,
instantbight