I met with MIAD alum Ethan Keister at Colectivo downtown to ask him about his life and his design. He graduated in 2017 with his BFA in Communication Design, he specializes in brand identity and vector illustration. I will be creating the first draft of the interview in the upcoming week(s). Below are the questions I asked him, however his answers will not be revealed until the article is finished.
How did you first become interested in graphic design?
Where did you find inspiration for your thesis project, Odyssey?
Did you find it easy or challenging to find a job right out of school?
Did your love for design push you toward travel, or vice versa?
How has your design affected Milwaukee?
How has Milwaukee affected your design?
What was being recognized by GDUSA ‘s Student to Watch like?
Where do you see your design taking you next?
I enjoyed listening to what Todd had to say about each of us finding the best path and following it to the end. I don't know if I would have the same appreciation of going to the same exhibit 8 times in a row, but I really admire his persistence. It makes me think if there's anything in my life that I've done 8 times in a row, I suppose watching movies but never that frequently. I could probably watch "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" 8 times and not get sick of it. Guess I've got my weekend plans!
I want to interview a MIAD 2018 graduate, Ethan Keister, and ask him about life since graduating. He is currently working as an art director at Zizzo Group. He brands himself as Under the Radar Graphics, and created an app for Nomadic travel for thesis. Since graduating he has traveled to Boston, North Dakota, New York and even the Himalayan Mountain. I want to ask him if his design work led him to travel, or vice versa. What does going around the world do for him creatively.
Jeremy Novy is a local Milwaukee artist most known for his koi fish that appear on concrete in Riverwest, the East Side and downtown. His other work is a celebration of gay iconography displaying drag queens, mild pornography and collaged risque elements. His work is loud, proud and won’t let you forget about it. The top of his website links to a gallery of images with a button “look at it!” and a spock hand sign. I found this hilarious and it definitely persuaded me to click through. The top of his home page is divided by art, about, press and shop, His artwork is categorized into street art, mural, outside, inside, wall, koi and queer. His resume is directly on his website in addition to his shop. The bright blocks of color, disturbed blocky font and playful language hold my attention and make me exhale air quickly.
Mr Doodle is an artist from England who draws crazy characters and pets in a cartoon-like style that fills all the white space. His work has been featured in many murals and galleries. His website is very plain, all black and white basic template. The home page just includes videos and 4 tabs for about, contact, instagram and shop. All of these pages have very little content on them and the only apparent link to social media is the instagram pop-out window. The language from the about page comes off as his manager writing for him, instead of him editing the site himself.
Notes on Todd Mrozinski
Artwork is separated by medium first, then by topic. All the images are arranged on the page to look like an abstract gallery. It feels very purposeful yet random. He has painted clouds fifteen (15) times. He really likes clouds.
Blog Post by Artist-in-Residence
Brief introduction to Todd is given at the top of the article. Then follows an artist statement of his experiences during the residency. He talks about the nature around him and gives excruciatingly descriptive details. He reflects how his time in nature gives him growth as an artist. Finally he thanks Fellenz Woods for the residency and hopes the viewer will one day understand the beauty themselves.
Portrait Society Show
This article is Todd’s perspective on the gallery from featured artists Thomas Haneman, M Winston and Ted Brusubardis. He gives an introduction to each of the artists and their backgrounds in history and also art style. Then he describes each area and how the artists style is displayed. The article ends with the location and runtime of the gallery.
Hi I'm completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design at MIAD.
I used to like writing fictional stories when I was younger, but when I had to write more often for school my relationship strained. I'm not sure what I'd like to write about, I often struggle with analytical writing and am not sure how to talk about things sometimes.
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