Interview with Brian Klepper
Date of Interview
January 26, 2010
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City & Country of Residence
Salt Lake City, United States
Curently Working For
Type of Design
1. Besides the usual online blogs and galleries, from what or where do you draw inspiration?
I find my inspiration generally while I'm far away from the computer and out for a short walk. Fresh air really opens my mind for creativity. We get stuck with the same routine and thought patterns it does not take much to mix up where we find our inspirations. "It's mostly giving yourself a mental break that will stem these new ideas."
2. Design-related or not, can you list up to 3 books that you've found beneficial to your growth as a designer?
Born On A Blue Day, the life story of Daniel Tammet, and It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden.
3. If you could name one tool/application/software/hardware that you can't live without (from a design perspective), what would it be, and why?
This is a no-brainer but I could not live without the Adobe Creative Suite. Sure I could design all day in my head and on a piece of paper. But none of this would come to life without the powerful Adobe apps. Photoshop to be specific!
4. What would be your design "dream job"?
I would love to continue owning a business but if I could step in the shoes of an Interactive Art Director for any size agency I would love my job even more. I've always been a leader and love any form of creative process. To be able to form a group of ideas into one final product through a fluid process is brilliant!
5. What changes would you like to see in the design community in the next 5 years?
I think the design community is full of very creative and caring individuals but we all know the industry is powered by trendy themes and topics by only a few leading blogs. I would love to see more original content. I can only think of about 10 very creative individuals that really bring originality to the table with topics and functional design. Quality over quantity always needs to stay in front of our aspirations.
Special thanks to Brian Klepper for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.