Andy Hilts

STW21-ANDY-HILTS

NC STATE COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Andrew Hilts is a designer, middle child and recent graduate with a BA in Graphic Design. His primary love language is words of affirmation. During his time at NC State, he studied biology and art history and is interested in the space created by the overlap. He possesses a deep love for printmaking, queer storytelling and publication design. Additionally, Hilts sees design as a collaborative opportunity to discuss and investigate nuanced and often overlooked aspects of human behavior. He is interested in the effects of digital culture and censorship, as well as the separation between our private and public lives. He has recently started taking magnesium supplements.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Born in Cary and living in Raleigh NC. A true southern boy.

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Is there a third option? I definitely miss seeing everyone on campus but studying online isn’t all that bad.

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

A bit of both, depends on the day!

FAVORITE MOVIE?

If Beale Street Could Talk, American Psycho, The Farewell

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

America’s Next Top Model, unfortunately

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Still Processing

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Alberto Giacometti

FAVORITE BOOK?

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

The Trevor Project, Marsha P. Johnson Institute

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

I’ve been making rugs by utilizing patterns based on computer vision API and looking at extremely expensive vintage furniture.

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE ROLE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

“It is in this that our urgent call as designers ultimately is to accept the responsibility of design not as a tool for oppressive capitalist exploitation or cultural hegemony but instead challenge the status quo in an effort to uplift the communities which it targets and decolonize the practice to prevent such a reemerging from happening in the future.” – Darin Buzon, Design Thinking is a Rebrand for White Supremacy

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