Interview Philip Davis: Philip Davis is a young and gifted designer. He calls himself a Photoshop Junkie, Web Enthusiast, Wannabe Philosopher and Jesus Freak. Philip has an immense passion for art and design, his work displays a nice blend of eye candy and inspiration. In this interview, we talk with Philip about his “Designing Through Psalm Challenge” and how he uses it as an extension of his daily devotions. Letâ€™s jump into this interview!
1. Welcome to INSPIKS, please introduce yourself. Could you tell us where youâ€™re from and how you got started in the field of Graphic Design?
Iâ€™m from Laurel Maryland where Iâ€™m currently attending the University of Maryland double majoring in marketing and information systems. I have a humongous and awesome family. My interest in design started around six years ago when I started playing around with Microsoft Paint. I would spend hours upon hours trying to accomplish tasks that would take Photoshop seconds to complete. Nonetheless, I enjoyed working on the composition of images and type. I remember when I first opened Photoshop around a year later I was a bit intimidated with how much it could do.
I spent the next two years learning how to use Photoshop effectively. I decided to try and make a few bucks with my Photoshop skills which is when I quickly discovered that the ability to use a program well does not make you a designer. I read some really good books/articles on typography, web development, and design in general. Since then Iâ€™ve spent my free time freelancing as a graphic and web designer. Last summer I was offered the position of Senior Graphic Designer for a small start-up business where I have been working on and off during breaks from school.
2. Describe for our readers what led you to Christ and how that has impacted your artwork.
I was born into a Godly family and from a young age I was taught the Bible. I always saw myself as a pretty good person even though I wouldnâ€™t admit it. At around the age of 12 I realized how utterly depraved I was. Sin was revealed and I saw how desperately I needed a savior. I canâ€™t point to one specific moment but I can tell you that my life changed. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 1st Corinthians 10:31 where Paul states
â€œTherefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.â€1 Corinthians 10:31
Itâ€™s important for Christians to use their talents for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.
3. What would you say is your favorite thing to design, logos, print or web?
4. Who are your favorite artists? What impressed you about them?
- Kyle Steed Really genuine guy, I love his unique style and the simplicity in his design work
- Derek Herman Uber talented web developer, this guy makes gorgeous websites and his coding skills are out of this world.
- Von Glitschka This guy pumps out killer illustrations like no other. Really cool guy and his work is unbelievable.
- Jad Limcaco (designinformer.com) â€“ Jad is a really hard worker who puts his all into whatever he does. Heâ€™s a great designer and an awesome writer.
5. I love your â€œDesigning Through Psalms Challengeâ€ on Flickr. Tell us a little about the project and why you started the series?
Designing through Psalms is a project where I attempt to artistically capture what iâ€™m learning in scripture. I wanted to integrate my passion for good design with Biblical exegesis. After my quiet time, I like to think through what Iâ€™ve read and then create something based off of the main points that the author is trying to convey. My first thoughts starting this challenge was that I was going to run out of ideas and that I wouldnâ€™t have the time during the heat of the semester. Fortunately, when dealing with scripture it isnâ€™t hard to get inspired. The time I spend each day has become an extension of my daily devotional, and by Godâ€™s grace Iâ€™m still going!
6. Your use of photography and texture in â€œSinnerâ€, is incredible. tell us a little about that project and how you came up with the concept.
Sinner was an idea based upon the quote by John Newton
â€œI am a great sinner, Christ is a great savior.â€ -John Newton
Iâ€™m a pretty lousy photographer, but one of my friends had taken this image and I decided to mess around a bit with it. My main goal was to convey how utterly depraved humanity is, and how lost we are without Christ.
7. When you are low on inspiration where is a common place that you turn to? What are your favorite websites?
- Scripture Always inspirational, always fresh.
- DeviantArt So many talented artists, itâ€™s rediculous.
- Smashing Magazine So many great articles and resources.
- PsdTuts Best tutorials on the web.
- Kuler Colors schemes really inspire me
8. Thanks again for providing INSPIKS with this opportunity to interview you. Any final thoughts for our readers?
Thanks a ton for interviewing me! Iâ€™ve been a fan of the work you guys are doing here for quite sometime. To the readers: Utilize your gifts to bring God glory. Donâ€™t waste your talent, God gave it to you for a reason.
Where to Find Philip Davis on the Web