We’ve been off to a busy start this summer at the R29 office, including doubling our intern staff. #19 (aka Andy) is heading out and #20 and #21 are moving in.
We’ve welcomed into the R29 family #20 (Megan Lee) and #21 (Seth). For their first day, they had the wonderful pleasure of witnessing the joys of the R29 eating contest along with gathering tons of first impressions on what it means to be a Rule29 intern.
Before we jump into the traditional bombardment of questions, here’s a little background on each.
#20 Megan Lee Earl
She’s currently attending Columbia College and will be finishing up a BFA in Graphic Design this Fall. Little known fact: she actually studied biology for nearly two years at Loyola before seeing the light and switching tracks to graphic design.
#21 Seth Kasky
He’s a senior Visual Communication student in the School of Art at Northern Illinois University and received his associate degree from Illinois Central College. Also, he is a self proclaimed coffee nerd.
Okay, on to the questions!
What did you think your first day at Rule29 would be like, and did it live up to your expectations?
SK: I thought I would be hazed relentlessly till I curled up in a ball and wept for my mother. Thankfully no tears fell. It exceeded my expectations by far.
MLE: I thought it was going to be very scary, and it was. Just kidding. I knew there was going to be a lot of information thrown at me, I would have to get coffee, and I would see a lot of funny things. On my first day, Andy ate a donut burger/hot dog (Paula Deen style) with all the dressings, drank a slurpee composed of all the flavors available at 7/11, and Bob filmed it. Seeing/laughing at that made me feel a lot more comfortable – but I also got an immediate sense of what kind of crazy things I might have to do as an intern at Rule29.
We told you to show up at 8am, How early did you really show up?
SK: 7:47. Early, but not too early. I planned that time way too far in advance.
MLE: 7:50am, I didn’t want to show up too early because I was really nervous and I know if I got there too early, I would have just sat on the front stoop awkwardly and accumulate more feelings of nervousness. I thought 7:50 was a happy medium.
If you had to describe Bob in 3 words…
SK: Bob is Bob.
MLE: Calm, composed, and cultured.
What are you looking to learn most from your internship?
SK: Developing concepts further and working with clients.
MLE: I want to learn how to be even more time efficient and further develop my eye for design.
What’s the craziest thing we’ve asked you to do so far?
SK: Asking me to witness Andy shove 2000 calories down his gullet within 5 minutes. It was brutal.
MLE: I’ve been told to park a mile away from Rule29 when I come to work.
What’s your current kryptonite when it comes to design?
SK: Developing good concepts quickly. Sometimes I get too caught up in details and fail to think of the big picture.
MLE: The “golden section” is starting to cramp/stifle my creativity in book design, but I’m still so fascinated by it.
Who’s your celebrity crush?
SK: Natalie Portman. She’s brains and beauty all rolled into one!
MLE: James Blake <3 <3 <3
You both seem to have a bunch of allergies. To what are you most allergic?
SK: I’m not allergic to anything!
MLE: Fresh cut grass – especially if it’s just been watered.
If you could transform into any animal, what would it be?
SK: A koala with sunglasses. I can’t think of anything more boss.
MLE: A Lisa Frank unicorn. If you don’t think a Lisa Frank unicorn is an animal, then I suppose a bengal cat could suffice.
What made you want to be a designer?
SK: I’ve always had a love for technology and art ever since middle school. I began toying around with Photoshop 6.0 in 7th grade and eventually ran a tutorial site with 2 other friends. In high school I won 3rd place in a statewide poster design competition. That’s what really pushed me to pursue design.
MLE: I actually didn’t know what exactly graphic design was until a few years ago. While I was at Loyola (the school I was at before transferring to Columbia College), I took an art class and my instructor had us make a book of patterns. The assignment was to take photos of ordinary/everyday things you found beautiful and that you interacted with on a daily basis — then trace/create shapes in Adobe Illustrator to create patterns from these photos. That was when I was first introduced to design programs and I became fascinated with illustrating these patterns. I would sit in the computer lab from 8am-10:30pm over the weekends and during almost every ounce of time I had in between classes to work on this project that I had become obsessed with. At the end of the semester I had about 40 patterns. We were assigned 15. I just couldn’t stop, and I was so excited to finally find something I loved to do. Then I realized that it wasn’t the project that I was obsessed with, it was the actual act and process of designing. I spent that summer after that semester (before I transferred to Columbia College Chicago) creating fun design projects for myself.
Name your favorite font to use on your personal brand
SK: Anything designed by Hoefler & Frere-Jones. But when I’m feeling really feisty, Curlz MT all the way.
MLE: Museo Slab. It’s what I’m using currently on my portfolio site/resume/business cards
What’s your dream design project?
SK: Creating something that becomes a household name. To quote Steve Jobs, “I want to put a ding in the universe.”
MLE: Anything for a cause would be amazing. No matter how small or colossal the project may be, I feel very fulfilled and happy as long as I can reach out and help someone else with something I design (whether it be wayfaring, publications to raise awareness, etc.)
If you where stranded on a tropical island, do you think your experience would be more like Lost or Gilligan’s Island?
SK: Hopefully Gilligan’s Island. Skipper’s hat is snazzy.
MLE: Gilligan’s Island. I’m too silly for Lost.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
SK: Release a 5 song EP, swim with bioluminescent algae and co-own a coffee shop.
MLE: Run a marathon, learn how to letter, learn how to swim and not die if someone threw me in the ocean.
Do you think the government is playing cover up on anything?
SK: Of course, but I’m not at liberty to say for fear of my life.
MLE: I just don’t even want to know.
What does making creative matter mean to you?
SK: Shaping the world for the better.
MLE: I understand it as a pun on the phrase “creative matter.” You can make creative matter, as in you can communicate to other people that design and being creative is an important part of culture and progression with your hard work, dedication, and awesome creation. In this sense, the word “creative” is emphasized. The other concept of “creative matter” plays more with the connotation of “matter.” So….something creative that occupies space and has mass is “creative matter.” But I like the first concept more than the latter…..I just think it “making creative matter” is a very witty line. I dig wit.