Storm In A Teacup
About the artist
Tell us about this design:
I'd been wanting to do something with Hokusai's waves for a long time but hadn't been able to come up with a decent concept. I finally sat down to seriously think about it and it all came together pretty quickly.
What's a day in the life of Ross like?
At the moment very lazy. I've moved cities and am in the process of setting up as a freelance designer. As such I'm not rushed off my feet which is nice as it gives me time to catch up on some training, do some art and get back in to playing the piano.
Do you own alot of shirts? If so, what's your favorite?
I own a ridiculous amount of shirts which is actually very handy if I don't get around to doing the washing for a while. My favourite shirt is by a Melbourne designer called Mike Hepburn and it's called "Big Fat Robot Has A Victim"
What advice would you offer to aspiring designers?
Plug yourself into the collective consciousness as much as you can. Fill your head with pop culture and 'high art' and enjoy what comes out of the mix. On a more practical level, have an idea before you fire up the computer - a rough sketch or a series of thoughts, otherwise time will end up disappearing rather quickly.
What's been your most successful design?
It would have to be "CCTV Government" which was featured on BoingBoing a little while ago. I think it just happened to be the right idea at the right time, particularly in the UK which has more CCTV cameras per capita than any country in the world.
MAC or PC?
Oh definitely Mac. Without a doubt. Using Windows makes my brain feel like a thousand ants are biting it from the inside. I can't be the only one who feels like that can I? Surely not.
Do you have any interesting hobbies or tales of intrigue? Do tell!
I wish I did have tales of intrigue. It would mean my life is more interesting than it seems. I do use a false name to send bizarre, nonsensical letters to companies asking weird things about their products but as yet haven't received any replies. I am a frustrated musician. And by frustrated I mean no record company executive has recognised my latent innate talent and handed me a million dollar recording contract. I do have a few songs people can listen to online:
just in case they know any record company executives...
Any shout outs?
Please check out the work of RubyRed, Scott Robinson and Caanan, all of whom are here on TeeFury and all of whom are ridiculously talented (and wonderful people to boot!). Also check out the online comic "The Plastic Age" drawn by my friend Rhys McDonald