How would you liked to be introduced?
American Designer and Writer
You have been a working artist and creative in the PNW for quite some time now, what have you seen change the most (for the good or bad?), What do you believe is on the horizon specially in Portland that creatives should be excited about?
Over the last 10 years we’ve seen the market turn toward the arts. Business sees that art and design bring value to products, spaces and cities. However, in that timeframe we saw the giant advance of design minded art because traditional artists lacked business skillsets to get the money. Designers, who are embedded in the visual business world, took over that position. In the next ten years, I believe that artists that are trained to write SOWs, can communicate design specs and sell their product to larger organizations will overtake the current creative slump.
What is your advice for creatives who would like to increase there “tech” skills and wish to integrate their art more with a technology component?
Collaborate. Take on a small piece of the project that is outside your skillset, but resides with another team member. Do some of their work and then ask them to help you along the way. Also, don’t turn on your favorite show. Watch some videos on what you want to learn. It’s all out there.
Steven’s 3 Tips For Striking A work-life balance?
Everyone has their own flow. Sometimes I’m a hermit for a few months. Sometimes I’m really social. If you feel happy at the end of the day, then you’re doing fine. Each day write down what your big win and write three things for which you’re grateful.
2018 Personal or Professional Goal?
I’m finishing a novel and utilizing Artificial Intelligence to improve it. My reviewers are raving about it, so I think it is getting to the place where I’d like to release soon. My current challenge is finding the right copy editor to help with the final draft. Also, I’d like to go to Burning Man this year, but I need to find a rad art camp to call home. Know any? 🙂
You can check out some of Steven’s past work on his website.