FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)
Edwin Castillo is a first-generation, Mexican-American graphic designer based in NYC. Currently a senior at FIT in the BFA Graphic Design program, where he integrates the intersections of his identity in his work. A constant goal for Edwin is to create for those like him, to make the representation that is missing in today’s media. With a background in illustration and an interest in 3D animation, he has made graphics for the NYC LGBTQ+ club scene as well as merchandise for the Chinese 9Man volleyball community. Both underserved but expansive communities with complex histories tied to identity and community. Edwin believes that design should be approachable, fun, and a reflection of one’s principles and aesthetics; to create without boundaries but also with open communication. Edwincastillonyc.com
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
The small, the overlooked, the design that is not considered “design”. Those are choices not impacted by trends but by necessity.
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
I plan to specialize at the intersection of branding and 3D animation. The combination of the two provides a new medium to explore design language. WHAT IS ONE THING YOUR TIME IN DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DIDN’T EXPECT? Design school has taught me to be hungry for more and look beyond what’s in front of me.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD? EITHER TODAY OR HISTORICALLY?
Phillip Kim is a Korean graphic designer based in LA that never fails to push the boundaries of design and integrate his own aesthetic.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Wish by Blood Orange and Wing Wing by HYUKOH.