If the name Jim Krause sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen it regularly in HOW magazine and discovered his many books in MyDesignShop. We’ll help you get to know a bit more about him with a few pithy questions.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a graphic designer?
Remember Letraset rub-down typefaces? I think the lightbulb of graphic design went off over my head the first time I saw one of these. The typeface on the sheet was probably University Roman, Souvenir or Serif Gothic (don’t laugh—it was the late 70s and these were the hot faces of the day) and I immediately fell in love with the letterforms and the idea that someone actually created them.
What’s your favorite design tool, and why?
I love Macs, digital cameras and Wacom tablets, but my favorite design tools are still an ultra-fine felt-tip pen and a sketch pad. For me, everything starts there.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
I’d be the guy standing on a street corner dressed in worn jeans and a second-hand t-shirt holding a sign that reads, “Life is short: Kill your television.”
Can you tell us a little more about your Conference topic? What personal or professional experiences led you to this topic?
I think this is the fifth time I’ll be leading a workshop on digital photography at a HOW conference. Keep in mind that I’m a designer, through and through, so I definitely approach picture-taking differently than people who have studied photography. It’s been fun to explore a new creative outlet and to be able to incorporate photos into my design work in new ways. It’s also been interesting, as a designer, to be getting freelance work as a photographer. I think my photo-based clientele really appreciates the fact that my pictures they get from me are possibly more communicative (though probably less technically perfect) than what they might have expected to get from a full-blooded photographer.
Plus, get more tips and be inspired by Jim Krause in this Design TV video.