Mentors Week: Fillmore’s turn

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 10:03 am by Engine Communications
Shaun Fillmore, Interactive Design

Shaun Fillmore, Interactive Design

It is so much easier for me to list off influences rather than mentors when it comes to design. It is difficult to come up with someone I would consider a mentor. I would have to say, however, that an instructor named Chuck (think Gene Hackman with a mustache) was the closest thing to a design mentor to me. He is the kind of guy that is passionate about design and was always ready with pencil and tracing paper overlay to show you how you can improve your work (but only if you wanted to know). He is the kind of man who made you earn his respect.

Anyone who was in one of his classes will remember the phrase “distort the frame.”

As for true mentors… that distinction belongs to Sid Molenaar (He is husband to Cheryl – who Bryna mentioned in her post). The writing of this post comes at an interesting time for me. I have been reflecting on my relationship with Sid and the impact that he has had on my life. You see I am turning the age that Sid was when I first met him. Actually the first time I met him was at his surprise birthday party.

Sid made a point of taking me under his wing. He is an intense guy and has the ability to see potential in you and bring it out. I guess that is what good mentors do. Thanks Sid. I still want to be like you when I grow up.

Getting back to design – I thought I would let you all in on some of those influences I referred to.

Joseph Müller-Brockmann (One of the pioneers of the Swiss Typographic style and creator of the grid system for graphic Design) you can see a few examples here

Alphonse Mucha (Best known for his posters – incredible illustrator and painter. One of the most recognizable artists from the French Art Nouveau) see some of his work here

Paul Rand (Best known for his logo designs – such as ABC, UPS and IBM) see his site here

There are many more, but these are the ones that spring to mind first. Perhaps I can talk about some other more current influences another time.

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  1. I *heart* Art Nouveau!!

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