UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Eddie Loughran is a designer from the outskirts of Chicago. He is currently completing his BS in Communications Design at UC. As a designer, Eddie values the impact that both type and imagery have on storytelling. He’s most known for his bold use of typography and colorful image manipulation, specializing in Photoshop and Illustrator with a passion for emerging technologies. In his free time, he can be found watching spooky movies or working on his ongoing self-initiated poster series.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
Outsider artists, alternate/rejected design concepts, the Pinterest algorithm, plunderphonic music, nostalgia, pulp horror movies, and that elusive “ah-ha” design moment happening at two in the morning.
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
I’ve always viewed myself as a storyteller first and foremost. I’m comfortable playing around with any medium that I believe will help best communicate a creative vision. After graduation, I plan to work at Empire Design, specializing in film and tv marketing.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT?
Aside from just general time management skills, I found a lot of value in how open-ended projects often were. I always sought to go above and beyond what project briefs were asking, which always led to me developing a concept that I was very passionate about. In hindsight, this freedom of expression has been what encouraged me to develop my own look and feel, and subsequently what kick started my career.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD? EITHER TODAY OR HISTORICALLY?
Historically, the designers I’ve drawn the most inspiration from are Tibor Kalman and Katsuhiro Otomo. In my personal work, I find myself frequently referencing the great polish designers Franciszek Starowieyski and Jakub Erol.