HOW Cover Brought to Life With Animation

Illustrator Nate Williams has a spellbinding, recognizable style that attracted much attention from the judges in the 2012 International Design Awards as a three-time merit winner in the Illustration & Photography category. See all International Design Winners.

We were intrigued to find out that the U.S.-born creative now lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina, making him a perfect subject for the feature “10 World-Class Design Firms” (get this feature). 

Our wheels began to turn as we learned more about Williams and his previous career as an interactive art director. The Argentina-based illustrator was commissioned for the March 2012 issue’s cover, which he created with a vision of it in motion. After he passed the cover back to HOW, video editor Philip Grosvenor animated the elements.

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Here’s a sneak peek of Williams’ profile showcased in the feature “10 World-Class Design Firms.”

Illustrator Nate Williams (@n8w) proves that it’s never too late to change your course, to explore a new path. The U.S. native took a language course in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and decided to stay there.

He worked as an interactive art director for more than 10 years then realized that he wanted a change. “I like illustration because it’s something everyone can appreciate, whether they’re old, young or speak another language,” Williams says. “The thing I really like about illustration is how simple it is to execute something in your imagination. You don’t need money, technology, etc. Just time and a piece of paper and pencil. It’s very accessible to create and appreciate.”

What Makes Your Studio Unique?
“I think living in another country,” Williams says. Even though he lives in Argentina, most of his clients are  based in the U.S. or Europe. “Being colorblind and dyslexic all contribute to the way I think and solve problems. I’m a very curious person and love learning, which all ends up in my art.”

In What ways do color blindness and dyslexia influence your illustration process?
“Being dyslexic has had a huge impact on not just the way I see, but how I think. Because it makes reading difficult, you are constantly missing information so you have to fill in the gaps mentally, which over time makes you a very curious and creative person,” Williams shares. “I saw characters (letters/numbers) as abstract shapes instead of the symbols they represent. Because of this, I developed an interest in typography from an early age.”

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