ARTCENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Claudio Rodriguez Jr. is an undergrad with a focus on Print/ Branding. He is Mexican-American, oldest brother of three, English Bulldog owner, and passionate about Football (soccer). He takes pride in his upbringing and culture. He had a huge imagination as a kid and likes to believe that the kid in him remains. Shout out to the ArtCenter staff and mentors who encouraged him. Image manipulation, sexy fonts, and good cropping are things that make him happy.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Sylmar CA, raised in Pacoima and I am now back in Sylmar
STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?
Due to COVID, I’m currently studying online. I’m an extrovert so I miss seeing my friends.
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
My best ideas come at night.
Nacho Libre or A Clockwork Orange
FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?
Parks and Recreation or Hunter x Hunter
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Instagram is cool. It’s the best platform to get noticed or show work.
OTHERtone w/Pharrell Williams
FAVORITE FINE ARTISTS?
Randy Perez and Gabriella Sanchez
Bruno Monguzzi, A Designer’s Perspective: Issues in Cultural Theory or Women by Charles Bukowski.
I support causes that help Black people, immigrants, and the LGBTQIA+ community. If I had to pick two, it would be Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Black Lives Matter.
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Cooking. I make amazing enchiladas and crepes. Shout out to my Grandma Elvia for the crepe recipe. I also try to kick a soccer ball around. That always brings a smile to my face.
HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE ROLE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?
As a Mexican-American it was time for me to attend protests, talk to my community and friends, and shift my energy to things effecting the people around me. Before graphic designers, we are people. So aside from the great flyers and energy that my peers created, I loved seeing people step away from the screen and use their voices to make a change.
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