Today we’d like to introduce you to Colin Simpson.
Colin, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
As a young boy, I was never really encouraged to go into the arts. It just wasn’t something most boys identified with or saw as a legitimate option. I was always pushed into sports and typical masculine paths like science and engineering. It wasn’t until my discovery of surfing that I really started to explore my creative side.
Surfing is different from other traditional sports in that is far more of a self-expression than a competition. It’s also filled with colorful and creative characters that thrive in the unexpected. I started to really enjoy expressing myself in and out of the water.
Fast forward to high school. The only classes I really looked forward to were ones where I could use my hands and create something. It was also an amazing feeling to have something to show for when the class was over. I drew, painted, built a guitar and sculpted. You name it, I wanted to learn and do it. I even thought of going to an art school, but my talent for tennis granted me an athletic scholarship and I don’t think any art schools have sports.
Though creativity kept pulling at me and I pursued a degree in Graphic Design from San Diego State University. I couldn’t be happier. I was far more of a craftsman than academic and I loved studio time. I would get lost in my work for hours. There was plenty to learn and an abundance of ways to create.
Since college, I have applied my design thinking to numerous disciplines including Graphic Design, User Experience Design, and Software Development. I still surf to this day and find an immense amount of joy and inspiration in nature. San Diego is a perfect place to pursue all my passions.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create a variety of things. From websites to identity systems, to software. I love design because it gives me an opportunity to put something into the world that wasn’t there before. If I’m lucky it might have a positive impact on people’s lives or inspire them to create something themselves.
If I’m doing my job right, I can give a voice to a company, create a better experience for a user, or change the way people think about technology. At its root, my work strives for clarity, understanding, and beauty.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
To me, it’s not one thing. It’s the culmination of lots of cultural changes that make being a contemporary artist difficult. Of course, technology is a double-edged sword in that it provides exposure and efficiency, but creates an expectation of immediacy. Art, design, and creativity is a process. Great work doesn’t happen quickly. This is the hardest thing for most people to understand in the digital age. There’s also the commoditization and over-consumption in our society that starts to devalue the work. To me though, the cream will still rise to the top and the creatives that trust in the process and hold themselves to a higher standard will always be recognized.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I try to share projects now and then on my Instagram @colinsimpsondesign
For a deep dive into my process, you can check out colinsimpsondesign.com
- Website: http://colinsimpsondesign.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colinsimpsondesign/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colinsimpsondesign