What do you do and where do you do it?
Basically, I have fun all day and get paid for it. Ha! It’s true, I love what I do. I’m the owner of a small design agency in Bridgeport called Bananaland. We dabble in, but are not limited to: websites, IDs, brochures, monkey training, hand stamping, and intern torture. Why Bananaland? Cause the secret behind creativity is to be completely bananas.
What inspired you to choose this profession, and what makes you stay in it?
Possibly at age 1 when I consumed my first Crayola crayon, later realizing, “Hey, these aren’t for eating.” I stay in it because I’m always in it. There’s no off switch, nor would I ever want one.
Example 1, grocery shopping: “Why is milk packaged in a carton instead of rubber cow utters?”
Example 2, driving: “CT plates should be available in PMS Hexachrome Magenta C”
Example 3, at the dentist: “It’d be awesome if these pamphlets had a dancing tooth saying ‘clean me’ in Gotham bold.”
What is your single favorite piece in your portfolio?
Be Our Neighbor. It’s not just about good design, but the gathering of a community.
What/Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Drinking wine on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. And of course, doing quirky, creative, interesting design for quirky, creative, interesting people.
Who/What are your biggest influences?
Fellow CT creatives, Stefan S., Wes A., my sister, my guy
What do you wish you did better?
This state is wild!
Why Bananaland? Cause the secret behind creativity is to be completely bananas.
Who are the best creatives you’ve worked with?
Again, my sister and my guy come into play. Also Michael Francis Barnes.
What are your loves/passions outside of this field?
Alpine climbing, art, outer space, art, glow stick twirling, art, banana eating, art.
What do you know now that you didn’t know then?
I know nothing now but hope to know something then.