24% of studios are medium-sized (6-20 people).
1-5 are long-term freelancers
I realized design was a profession when I was twelve. A friend's mother showed me how Photoshop worked, and helped me bootleg a copy of Photoshop 3. After slogging through a Classroom in a Book, I talked my way into an internship at a local design studio the summer after 7th grade. There I was exposed to a design culture I didn't realize existed. I remember obsessing over mid-90s Emigre magazines with the same fervor as the Fugazi records I had in regular rotation. In design and music I found my place in the world. Dropping high school, moving to New York, forming Athletics — for me, everything traces back to the good fortune of an extraordinary summer job in Conyers, GA.
Average: 17 years
I came to design through music. Being involved in the punk scene exposed me to the DIY culture of making your own zines and records and that allowed a lot of creative people to feel like they could participate in anything they set their mind to regardless of education. I started designing record sleeves for my own bands which led to designing for other bands as well and so it went. Around the same time I was getting into punk I also became obsessed with the Pet Shop Boys music and records. As with punk I was always turned on by anything different and those records, designed by Mark Farrow was so foreign, unique and different than anything I was seeing. That had a huge impact on me aesthetically and definitely shaped my design sensibility.
My biggest influence has been my twin brother Mark. Growing up skateboarding and listening to DC hardcore bands definitely gave me a degree of independence, drive and restlessness as well.
I washed dishes, was in a band and worked at the college computer lab
Approximately 179 square feet/person. The average is 210 square feet/person.
37% of studios share a space.
Athletics: 14, Other: 0
Client meetings held in studio: Approximately half
Books and bookshelves, Our friends' artwork, Our work, Process materials for ongoing projects, Whitespace
To each their own: some keep their desks tidy, while others like it messier.
We like it, but plan to make some changes to the space
31% of studios work 50-59 hours/week.
The average is 40-49 hours/week.
41% of studios in this range
42% of studios have side projects.
127 bikers across all studios
4% of studios are loud
32% have pets at the studio
Favorite delivery/take-out: Joe's Busy, Dumont Burger, Dépanneur
Favorite sit-down lunch: Meatball Shop
Favorite Place(s): The Graham and Co., The Wythe Hotel