Ten Questions 003 – Ryan Dixon

June 15th, 2010 by Mat Dolphin

Ryan Dixon is, amongst other things, a designer based in London. His work can be seen at his portfolio site Mad Keen, and his love for minimalist typography is clearly displayed throughout his personal projects. His posters were recently exhibited alongside the likes of Noma Bar and Anthony Burill in the More Is A Bore exhibition in The Netherlands. Ryan was kind enough to take some time out to answer our Ten Questions.

1. How do you describe what you do?
Graphic designer. Writer. Editor. And, sometimes photographer.

2. What made you want to do what you do?
At school I had a design and technology teacher who inspired me immenseley. His way of approaching things was fantastic. Methodic, paced and always asking questions. Lots of questions. I guess that’s where my love of design and problem solving stemmed.

3. How would you describe your workplace?
Sometimes hectic. Sometimes calm. Never quiet.

4. What is your favourite colour?
I live in the country, so I suppose it’s green.

5. Who is your favourite artist or writer?
I’ve always loved the work of Roy Lichenstein. And William Morris – although, he’d probably have called himself a designer.

6. What was your previous job?
Senior Designer

7. Do you work within a team? If so, how many people do you work with?

It’s always best to pull together the right people. Put them in a room together, light the blue touch paper and stand back. It also helps with overheads, too!

8. Do you listen to music whilst working? If so, what do you listen to?
Friendly Fires. Delphic. Mumford. All the usuals. To be honest, I’ll listen to anything really.

9. Who inspires you to do what you’re doing?
There’s not one person, really. Although Alan Fletcher is, as he is for most designers, a bit of a hero. I’m inspired by everything and anything. The blossom on the trees right now is wonderful and that’s taking me back to looking at my old William Morris books from college. I tend to work this way. Seeing one thing which triggers another. And so on.

10. Which advice has helped you the most?

My uncle, who’s sadly no longer with us, worked at Mindshare and before that JWT. He told me that the future was computers. And that was over ten years ago, when I was still clutching a magic marker. So that gave me a good steer as to where I was heading.

Big thanks to Ryan for answering our questions. I can highly recommend reading his blog and checking out his work on Mad Keen. While you’re there why not buy one of his excellent posters, or follow him on Twitter?

Thanks for reading, and drop me a line if you’d like to take part in our Ten Questions series.


2 Responses to “Ten Questions 003 – Ryan Dixon”

  1. great article! always great to learn about new interesting, creative people. Merci.

    Comment by AudreyJ50 — June 15th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm |