Jon is an artist and graphic designer from New York. His designs, typography, and illustrations have graced magazine covers, t-shirts, album jackets, murals, food trucks, movie posters, websites, and national ad campaigns, just to name a few. He’s the Founder & Creative Director of Contino Brand menswear and accessories company, as well as Co-Founder & Creative Director of CXXVI Clothing Company.
In this episode, Jon discusses:
-How his love and ability for design drives him.
-The difference between being a creative director and a young designer.
-The origins of his confidence and the journey it has taken.
-The importance of a “nothing to lose” attitude.
-His worst moment as a designer, and the importance of going through it.
-To not get too excited about things like interviews with Playboy.
-How it is a constant push, and almost addiction, for creative people to constantly want more.
-How LETTING GO of what he thought a designer was supposed to be allowed him to become the designer that he always was.
-How growing up in New York City (Manhatten in particular) and his love for minimalism helped to shape his design and what defined him.
-The importance of hand-drawing.
-About being influenced by other art and how it can (and should) seep into your own work.
-How you’ll never get to the level of your favorite artist — you’ll be different no matter what.
-What to do when you get an idea in the middle of the night.
“I think that as a creative person, if there is a finish line, you’re done being a creative person.”
“The second I started to actually do what I felt was me, that’s when I couldn’t get enough.”
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