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)
Grey (spelled with an
FAVORITE TV SHOWS?
The Wire, Entourage, The Office
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Infinite Jest
Lost in Translation,
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
John Mayer, Muse, The Field
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Kottke, The Selby, but does it float