Ethan Smith, a senior in Graphic Design, grew up with artists in his family, but it wasn’t until halfway through his freshman year that he realized he wanted to be a designer. Growing up, he always viewed his artistic skills as more of a hobby and his mathematical skills as a career. A semester in Civil Engineering made him realize that he needed to embrace his creativity in his work and life. The change from huge physics and calculus lectures to small and personal studio classes was like a breath of fresh air. He loves the studio environment and his close-knit group of classmates who constantly push each other to do their best work. In addition to design, trying new art styles and mediums is very important to his process. He has studied ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture alongside his design studios. His math background continues to play a role in his work, helping him create consistent and perfect designs. He plans to continue learning, working, and exploring new ways to develop beautiful and conceptually driven designs.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Montgomery AL and now live in Auburn AL
STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?
I mostly study/work online at my apartment
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Most definitely a night owl
It’s a toss-up between Nacho Libre and Mad Max: Fury Road
FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Ready Player One or I Am Legend
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Putting puzzles together
HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?
Not so much as changed how I think, but further enforced my thinking that design can be, and often is, extremely important to our culture and society.
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