Christian Morin

CHRISTIAN-MORIN

CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART

Christian Morin is a graphic designer, educator, art director, and musician from Los Angeles. He is currently an MFA candidate in the 2D-Design department. He received his AA at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and his BFA from Art Center College of Design. He has taught at Eastern Michigan University and Art Center and has written for Print Magazine. Christian formerly worked as a graphic designer and art director at Girl Skateboards and as an artist assistant for Alex Israel. He also co-hosts an independent radio show on KCHUNG called Prodigal Sons. As a former touring musician, Christian now combines performance and graphics with an interest in the modernist avant-garde and the likes of Kurt Schwitters and Oskar Schlemmer. His most recent work is entitled The Great American Race, which consists of a book, film, and installation explores problematic issues of race, religion, and society’s complicity in this system.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Pasadena just north of Los Angeles. Now I live at Cranbrook.

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Mid-day

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Charlie Brown

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Rhythm section

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Peanuts

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Neuromancer

ANY PETS?
No

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
English

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Tokyo Story

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Charles Schulz

FAVORITE CHARITY?
Anything personal and hand delivered

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Racing motorcycles and cars

LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
This!

DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
Books and magazines

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Orange

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
Trade Gothic

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Perception/Dogma

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Professional racer

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good” ‑ Paul Rand interpretation of a Mies van der Rohe quote

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