Name Aaron Rayburn
Year in program Junior
Where are you from? Born in Portland, moved to Roseburg, then Hood River, Vancouver, & back to Portland
What are your favorite colors right now? It fluctuates weekly but today I'll say dark grey next to a sick, sad, dingy baby blue
What is your favorite part of graphic design? Making stuff and doing things, clearly. But my favorite is thinking something into existence, and all the moments in-between.
Who are some designers/artists/movements that inspire you? I like what is coming out of the Nordic countries, I am interested in Matt Rainwaters and his camera, Mark Weaver is a bit of a muse, and as for movements I'm very interested in design that clearly reflects our place in history by eschewing conventions and traditions. Alexander McQueen does this for me, and avant-garde contemporary architecture.
What are some other things that inspire you? Ridiculous and remote locations like Greenland, Nunavut, lonely volcanic islands in the S. Pacific, and this old haggard smoking factory worker that lives in Alaska and works at a fish cannery that I made up. This character has been inspiring me for about ten years now. The internet also inspires and challenges me to alter my approach. Topography, cartography, ornithology, linguistics, geography, and energy systems (alternatives to fossils). Oh also I feel a strong pull to the region encompassing the Wester Desert (Sahara) on up around the bend in the East to Beirut. I probably need to get lost there sometime. In music Royksopp and others in the Bergen wave (Fever Ray esp.) are on the constant playlist while working. There is more, I'll stop here.
How do you spend your free time? I love to walk. Most people have forgotten the art of the flaneur, or leisurely walk with no clear agenda but to experience the world on the way to nowhere. When traveling walking turns to hiking. I love the perspective of a summit. A good climb can be a lonely battle, one that I constantly look forward to.
What made you choose Portland? Well that was initially my mothers decision. I came back as an adult because it beats the fuck out of Vancouver, Washington.
What do you hope to do with your design degree? Make some things that are remembered. Move to Manzanita, Oregon, Sydney, or Vancouver, B.C. Then have an entire litter of pugs. Take Sagmeisters year-long sabbatical once every other year, and cause civil disruption with my radically progressive politics. Perhaps direct a fashion show for Alexander McQueen somewhere in there. Probably before the pugs.