Henry Rivera

STW2020_HENRYRIVERA

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (CCA)

Henry Rivera is a self-described “queer Chicano designer based in California,” currently completing his BFA for Graphic Design. He has created work that ranges from poster design, book and zine making, exhibition design, printmaking, and interactive work using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. His work tries to find a bridge between different processes such as combining digital mediums like web design with more hands on processes like screen printing. Henry incorporates queerness into his designs both in the sense of his identity as well as the idea of the strange or weird, using surrealism and diving into paranormal concepts, and finding the connection between these two “queers”.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
San Bernardino CA / Oakland CA

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Definitely night owl

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Twitter

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Schitt’s Creek

FAVORITE PODCAST?
Conspiracy Theories by Parcast Network

FAVORITE BOOK?
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Climax by Gaspar Noé

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Salvador Dali

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
TGI Justice Project

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Creating playlists on Spotify

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
The Rodina

AREA OF SPECIALTY?
Designing for music and/or screen printing

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would produce music, or try at least.

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Having a comforting and helpful community built with my graphic design peers

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
A day without laughter is a day wasted

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