We're extremely excited to be welcoming Joshua Meyers to the Alex Holt Design Artist Collective. He's a great friend and a killer designer. We asked him a couple questions about life, art, and fonts to help you get to know him.
Q: Tell me a little bit about your current life situation? (Where you're at/what you're doing/who are you married too/etc.)
A: Currently I live in Kokomo, Indiana with my wife, Ashley, and our 6 month old Yorkichon puppy, Draper. I currently design commercial signage for a living.
Q: What is it about design that intrigues you?
A: I think it's just the belief that design effects everything. Everything we see has design to it. Design can be used to alter people's moods or the way they view things. Design can make things safer or easier to use. Design can effect everything.
Q: Of all of the projects you've been a part of, which has been your favorite?
A: As a senior in college, I was a part of a group of seniors who showed our thesis projects together after a year-long process. It was cool to see how far our projects came from where they originally started and to see how far we journeyed from mostly strangers to good friends celebrating our first art show together.
Q: If you could only live off of three types of food and three types of beverage, what would they be?
A: Food: Pizza, cereal and mac and cheese. Drink: Sierra Mist, Caffeine Free Coke and Pacific Cooler Capri-sun.
Q: What is the most challenging part of being a designer for you?
A: Functionally, it's trying to see things outside of my own viewpoint. Meaning, I want to solve problems without taking the 'low-hanging fruit' or first idea that naturally comes to mind. I want the best solution, not the first. Emotionally, it's not comparing my work, my 'status' and my job title to other artists who inspire me.
Q: Who are you currently following in the artist community? In your option, who's creating great art right now?
A: This is a tough one. James Victore was probably my original favorite. More recently @PopeSaintVictor, @KyleSteed, @JessicaHische to name a few.
Q: What is the best book you've read in the past year? What caused it to be engaging to you?
A: "How to Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. It's just such an awesome book for anyone who makes things. It really simplified things for me and, at the same time, helped me learn to take inspiration from more parts of my life than my little design world.
Q: If you could have the opportunity to rebrand any organization, what would it be and why?
A: This is the toughest question on here. I'm going to say the Indiana Pacers. I would love to rebrand a sports team and I think the Pacers are in a bit of an identity crisis right now. We've got a mediocre modern identity but, as a fanbase, we seem to like the retro look better. So I think we should either go back to the complete retro look or evolve into something that references the old look while staying relevant today.
Q: What are three fonts you think should be banned from use, and why do you think that about them?
A: (In no particular order)
Papyrus - It's ugly and overused.
Wisdom Script from Lost Type - I love Lost Type as a company, but this font (and Mission Script even) got way overused, including by some national fast food chains.
Helvetica Neue Light - Only because I think Apple should have their own screen-optimized typeface made for their devices. They're not short on money and they usually do so well on design, it seems only natural that they'd get something custom made which would read better than Helvetica Neue Light.
The AHD team can't wait for you to get the chance to work with Joshua on an upcoming project. You can contact Joshua directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can follow him on Twitter at @MeyersPod, and you can check out this website here.