Maurice Cherry

MAURICE-CHERRY

CONTENT MARKETING, FOG CREEK SOFTWARE, NEW YORK CITY NY

Maurice has recently joined Fog Creek Software in content marketing after several years as principal and creative director at Lunch, a multidisciplinary studio in Atlanta where he developed a reputation for building strong creative brands and for fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. Maurice is also a pioneering digital creator, well-known for the Black Weblog Awards, the Web’s longest running event celebrating Black bloggers, video bloggers, and podcasters. Other projects include his award winning design podcast Revision Path, 28 Days of the Web, and The Year of Tea.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Selma AL and I currently live in Atlanta GA

DID YOU GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL?
I did not go to design school. I graduated from an HBCU — Morehouse College — with a degree in Mathematics.

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Morning person

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Shikamaru Nara

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Yes! I sing, and I also play trombone, baritone, and euphonium

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Daria

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
None of them, honestly

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Hank Willis Thomas

FAVORITE CHARITY?
Anything that deals with STEAM education for children

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
These days, it’s playing video games. It’s a great diversion from current events.

COLLECT ANYTHING?
Japanese stationery

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Green

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Qanelas

DOES PRINT HAVE A ROLE IN YOUR DESIGNS?
Not especially – most of my work has been multimedia (web and audio), but I have done some print pieces from time to time.

DESIGN MENTOR/INSPIRATION/HERO?
I’m inspired by everyone I have talked with on my design podcast Revision Path.

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
My greatest strength is my work ethic and my analytical nature.

ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Work hard to establish your personal brand and design language. At the end of the day, no matter if you work for yourself or for a company, it will be what sustains you as a designer.

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A writer or a professional musician

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Fortune favors the bold

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