MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN (MIAD)
Ethan Keister is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is currently an undergraduate student majoring in communication design with a minor in illustration. Ethan’s non-design hobbies include hiking, alpine skiing, rock climbing, running, consuming copious amounts of junk food, biking, water skiing, and writing about himself in the third person. He resides in Milwaukee WI, was raised in Upstate New York, and originally hails from Hanoi.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Hanoi, Vietnam, raised in Western New York, currently reside in Milwaukee
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Lefty. I despise spiral notebooks
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Fictional is Jake the Dog from Adventure Time; historical is Revolutionary War hero, Ethan Allen who I was named after.
ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
I used to play piano; now I play a mean cowbell.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Grimm Adventures of Billy & Mandy
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky
I have a dog named Shamus, a German Shephard/Collie-mix and a cat named Meowith.
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
Unfortunately, just English.
District 9, Kick-Ass, Watchmen
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Ikeda Manabu, Jenni Saville, Tom Richmond
The Kenya Outreach Project
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Drawing in my sketchbook, going on bike rides
LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
“You can eat anything and not gain weight”
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Orange. I get a lot of flak for it
TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
Curlz MT. Just kidding. Gotham and Adelle/Adelle Sans
GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Embedding humor into my work/Spelling and grammar at times.
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Travel blogger, Veterinarian.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Always surround yourself with people way more intelligent or talented than yourself – you learn a lot more that way.