OWNER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR, 80EAST DESIGN, POUGHKEEPSIE NY
Trevor Messersmith is an award-winning photographer and graphic designer based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Trevor provides creative direction and visual services to a wide variety of online and print projects through 80east Design, a studio he started in 2002 in NYC. His work been featured in AIGA’s New York State of Design 2017, Print Magazine’s Typography and Lettering Awards and Regional Design Annual, the International Design Awards, and Creative Quarterly. Among other venues, Trevor’s work has been exhibited at the California Museum of Photography, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Morean Arts Center, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and SCOPE Miami. Publications include “Double Apollo,” “Objectives,” and “Fauxlaroids.”
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Kent OH. I currently live in Poughkeepsie NY.
DID YOU GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL?
I studied Photography at Bard College and did additional design coursework at RISD.
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Does impersonating Ethel Merman count?
Currently, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
FAVORITE CHARITY OR CAUSE?
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Books, photography, vintage cameras
WHICH AREA OF GRAPHIC DESIGN IS GROWING THE MOST?
For my design practice, print.
GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Speed – it cuts both ways.
ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Say yes to everything.
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Discipline Is Liberation”