Evan Stremke is a talented and accomplished designer, who previously was the Art Director at Swink. Evan happily answered my questions and was very prompt with his reply.
Q. How/why/when did you get into design?
A. I gained some recognition from my peers in high school when I designed shirts for various clubs and student organizations. I figured I could make a living out of similar projects and applied to design school at the University of Minnesota. I meandered my way through the typical four-year college education and took a job immediately after graduation at a small design shop in Madison, Wisconsin. I now work at a larger agency in the same city, and it's been a whirlwind experience ever since.
Q. What computer/phone do you use and why?
A. I've used an assortment of computers and phones in my lifetime. I started college with a 15" MacBook Pro that eventually broke down. Same goes for my old ASUS laptop and HTC smartphone. Once they all died I replaced them with updated hardware. I currently run with a 24" iMac, a 13" MacBook Air, and an iPhone 4. I'm not what you would call an Apple Fanboy, but having grown up using Windows-based devices, along with a Windows laptop and Android phone, I can safely say that Apple just understands their users more. It's clear that a lot of thought and care goes into their products.
Q. Who do you admire most and why?
A. It's difficult for me to choose. I have a few personal heroes who I greatly admire. First would be former President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was a bellwether for a country that had yet to find its way since the end of the second World War. He was an advocate for open minds, and a catalyst for change and progressive thinking. My second personal hero is someone that many designers and creative types look up to—Steve Jobs. Few people tested the boundaries of what the human race had thought possible with regards to modern technology much like Jobs did. He wasn't afraid to follow through with new ideas, no matter how radical they might have seemed. We can all learn a lesson from him.
Q. What, if any, is your unique approach to design?
A. I can't say I have a truly unique approach to design, but I can tell you that I put a greater emphasis on concept than execution. Design without a carefully considered rationale is simply art. Not that art is simple. I certainly don't mean to imply that. Art can be design, and design can be art. I just appreciate the idea, or the driving force behind a finished product more than just the visual methods employed. Concept is king. Always.
Q. What can we expect from you in the future?
A. I'm not sure what the future has in store for me, though I certainly wish I did. Aside from producing really great work that satisfies clients and inspires other creative types (like yourself for instance), I think I'd like to write a book, or maybe even write and direct a film. Writing and cinema have always been passions of mine, but up until now have been mostly hobbies. I'd also like to take some time off and travel, not sure where though. I love chicken curry, so maybe I'll spend some time in India.
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