David Wozniak

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR, WOZ DESIGN, CHICAGO IL

David Wozniak is the Principal and Creative Director of Woz Design, located in Chicago. David has had an appreciation and passion for art and design from his earliest memory. Growing up near the Cranbrook community in Michigan, he was inspired by the significant design and architecture associated with the school. He moved to Chicago after graduating from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit to pursue his design career. Before forming Woz Design in 1997, he spent several years with other design firms in Chicago, including as a Senior Designer at VSA Partners, serving primarily Fortune 500 clients. David has excelled in the design and communications field for more than 27 years, working with such clients as Abbott, JBT Corporation, uniQure, Genzyme, LivaNova and Vaxcel, among many others. He gets in early and stays up late with one constant, overarching goal: Do great work.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Birmingham MI and living in Chicago IL

DID YOU GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL?
College for Creative Studies

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Both

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Indiana Jones

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
I took piano lessons when I was a kid and regret I didn’t stick with it longer.

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Impossible to pick one – Blade Runner, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, North by Northwest, All the President’s Men, Three Days of the Condor, Chinatown, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey – and many more.

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
The Americans

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Instagram

FAVORITE PODCAST?
The Design of Business – The Business of Design

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Franz Kline

FAVORITE CHARITY OR CAUSE?
Breast Cancer Research Foundation

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Travel. Exploring new places, art, culture, etc.

COLLECT ANYTHING?
Unique items from my overseas travels

WHICH AREA OF GRAPHIC DESIGN IS GROWING THE MOST?
Always a moving target, but I have a soft spot for print.

DESIGN MENTOR/INSPIRATION/HERO?
Josef Müller-Brockmann, Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
I’m constantly tinkering to the very end. It’s a strength and a weakness.

ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Do what you love and go after it.

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A filmmaker

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Be fearless.”

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