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PEOPLETOWATCHALEX CORNELL

The Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA

Alex Cornell is a San Francisco based designer and musician. After receiving a BFA in Psychology from Duke University, he moved to the West Coast to pursue a graduate degree in graphic design at the Academy of Art University and develop his solo music career. He has worked on many successful projects since the move and continues to garner significant recognition in both creative arenas. Currently he is working for local designer Scott Hansen as a studio production assistant and a writer for the blog ISO50.

Why did you decide to study design? I enjoy being a designer because I love the combination of form and function. I relish the challenge of creating something extremely beautiful that is also exceptionally useful and efficient. Design for me is also the counterpoint to my music career; where music composition is a completely boundaryless sandbox for creation, and design is a venue to pursue exciting solutions with just the right amount of constraints. I like being able to bounce between these two creative arenas; the combination ensures that I am never without inspiration.

YOUR DESIGN HERO?
Scott Hansen (ISO50)

FAVORITE COLOR?
Grey (spelled with an 'e')

FAVORITE TYPEFACE?
Sackers Gothic

FAVORITE TV SHOWS?
The Wire, Entourage, The Office

FAVORITE BOOKS?
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Infinite Jest

FAVORITE MOVIES?
Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, L'Auberge Espagnole

FAVORITE MUSIC?
John Mayer, Muse, The Field

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Magritte

FAVORITE GADGET?
iPhone

BOOKMARKED WEBSITES?
Kottke, The Selby, but does it float

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