Parker Garris

STW21-PARKER-GARRIS

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Even though Parker Garris is sitting as his desk most days his head is in the mountains. He loves designing just as much as being outdoors. Parker spends his free time rock climbing and exploring the local Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, often stopping to sketch or photograph the landscape. The last couple of years he has immersed himself in graphic design, designing and editing websites, and creating social media campaigns. He is President of the Graphic Design Club and is grateful for those colleagues and professors who have pushed and encouraged him in his career. He is excited to interact with talented designers and educators and feels welcome in the design culture here in Utah.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born in Salt Lake County, Utah and now live in American Fork.

STUDYING ON-CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

I am studying online for my final semester.

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Morning. There is something about breakfast foods and coffee that get me going.

FAVORITE MOVIE?

I’m a big fan of A24 films, some of my favorites are Ex Machina, The Lighthouse, and Annihilation.

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

I watched Breaking Bad 10 years too late and loved it.

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram and Reddit

FAVORITE PODCAST?

It’s not a podcast, but I love Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Pablo Picasso’s life and work history fascinate me.

FAVORITE BOOK?

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Encircle House in Provo, UT

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

I did a lot of outdoor bouldering and lead climbing this year.

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

Definitely. Given the current political and social climate, I believe people are looking for answers to their questions or to feel affirmed in their causes.

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