Hello! My name is Ben Kaynor, and I’m a senior in Graphic Design at Virginia Tech. I’m interested in branding, UI/UX, and motion graphics, but I love all fields of design. When I’m not behind a computer screen, I enjoy drawing and playing video games. I’m also really into acting: I’m part of the campus’ sketch comedy group and I’ve been doing voicework online for a couple of years. Thanks for reading!
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
Good design. When I see other people have that “A-Ha!” moment, I want to have it too.
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
I enjoy all areas of design, but I’ve recently been most interested in branding, UI/UX, and motion graphics.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT?
Learning to receive and give thoughtful criticism has become a key part of my design process; I don’t think I would appreciate that without the help of my classmates and professors.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD? EITHER TODAY OR HISTORICALLY?
I’ve recently been smitten with Allan Peters’ style and have been studying his work.
WHAT ARE YOU READING, LISTENING TO, WATCHING?
Ben Marriott’s YouTube channel has been a recent source of inspiration. The techniques he teaches are easily accessible and widely applicable.