Welcome to the December LAF Member Showcase. This month we spoke with Max Upp. He’s a Graphic Design Intern at Design Envy, student at Texas Tech University, and was part of the design team that worked on this year’s ADDY theme – The Golden Hour.
A: I was born and raised right here in Lubbock, TX.
Q: How did you get into graphic design with Design Envy?
A: About a year ago I came on as an intern. I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the family at DesignEnvy, we work as a team on most of our projects and are able to have a hand in many facets of design and advertising. It’s incredibly exciting to get to learn about design in school and be able to work through it first hand with real clients and coworkers.
Q: Can you tell us anything about your studies at Texas Tech and what you’ve learned?
A: Of course! It’s a blast. I learn from excellent folks like Dirk Fowler, Carla Tedeschi and Jarrod Elrod. Each of them have played a large part in the designer I am now and the the person I will be in the future. The design communication group at Tech is made up of a small number of students which allows us to get very close, and kind of competitive. Every day is a challenge but its a fiesta when you get to live it with some of your best amigos.
Q: You told us the man on the new ADDY poster isn’t you when you and Lacey presented the Golden Hour theme at our October luncheon. Seriously, is that you in the photo?
A: Totally a stock photo.
Q: But the resemblance is uncanny. Are you SURE that’s a stock photo?
A: I’m a stock photo model.
Q: You won a few awards at last year’s American Advertising Awards. What does winning an ADDY mean for you and your career?
A: It’s huge! Especially for a student. It was one of the first times for me that someone (who I didn’t personally know) told me they liked my design, and gave me a moonshine themed trophy for it too!
Q: What are your plans after graduating from Texas Tech?
A: I’ll go back! I’ll graduate with my design degree in May, but I’ll be taking one more semester of Marketing at the Rawls College of Business after that.
Q: Where would you take your dream vacation and why?
A: Moab, Utah. During the spring! Incredible, almost other-worldly country, with plenty of places to camp and mountain bike!
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: When I’m not designing for work I’m designing for fun. When the weather is nice I’m outside riding a bike. And any time I get the chance (which is rare) I love to work in ceramics and pottery.
Q: What are the last three photos you took with your phone? (Pictures or it didn’t happen.)
A: 1. A bike I designed and built for a class project.
2. A bad looking picture of my good looking girlfriend at Carol of the Lights.
3. My favorite tiger button I keep on my backpack.
Q: Which social media platform is your favorite?
A: Instagram without a doubt. Never short of unique inspiration, I feel Instagram is the best mobile outlet for creatives.
Q: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
A: Vanilla all day.
Q: If you were a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, whom would you call for your “phone-a-friend” lifeline?
Q: What was the last gift you gave to someone?
A: A super funky picture I found at a thrift store. It was a big hit for the white elephant gift exchange at the DesignEnvy Christmas party.
Q: What’s a unique thing about you that most people don’t know?
A: I actually got a lot of scholarships to pursue ceramics, but I just couldn’t see myself doing it for a living.
If you know a member who would be interesting to showcase next, email their contact info to Kelly Podzemny at firstname.lastname@example.org.