Cem Eskinazi

CEM-ESKINAZI

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD)

Cem Eskinazi is a Turkish graphic designer living in Providence RI. Cem moved to the United States in 2009 to study Marketing Communications at Boston’s Emerson College. He is currently an MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked at This Is Our Work under Megan Feehan, designing for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. His favorite color is yellow and he is the younger brother of filmmaker Can Eskinazi.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Izmir, Turkey. Currently living in Providence, Rhode Island.

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Night Owl to the max

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Claude Garamond

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
I play the drums and the piano

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Hey Arnold or Rocko’s Modern Life

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Gódel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

ANY PETS?
Nope

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
Turkish and English

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Movies by Lars von Trier or Wes Anderson

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Wolfgang Tillmans, Fischli & Weiss, Stephen Shore, Ellsworth Kelly

FAVORITE CHARITY?
I like donating to Wikipedia

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Sleep due to grad school but making/listening to music in non grad school situations.

LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
“You have a cool family”

DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
I archive Post-it notes from friends. We have been obsessively collecting “americanisms” with two other close friends.

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Yellow

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
Arnhem, Antique Olive

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Patience/Too much overthinking/

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Teacher or stay-at-home dad.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
It is what it is!

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