MEET THE ARTIST: ANDI BIRD

Meet Deny Artist Andi Bird

Meet Deny Artist Andi Bird

How do you stay creative? It helps to be well caffeinated as well as having drive, discipline and determination. I crave sunlight and usually work in our living room since it’s the lightest room in our northeast facing house in Sausalito. We luckily have a great view where I can watch birds, deer, sailboats, sea planes taking off and landing and a random rainbow, all which puts me in a very creative mood.

Often I will pencil sketch for weeks until I have a series of good designs I think might work, then scan & redraw them in Adobe Illustrator with my Wacom tablet. The artwork depends on my ever changing moods, which may include retro/modern themed geometric patterns, floral designs, hand drawn type, children’s cartoons or abstract painting. I love the orderly aspect of the computer as much as I enjoy making a complete mess with paint splatters on paper.

What are you inspired by? I am inspired by so much and make a point of being observant, be it abstract paintings, urban art, positive affirmations, or typography.When out and about, I always use my iPhone or camera and snap cool color combinations and themes.

I subscribe to a vast array of magazines and started filling inspiration binders with magazine clippings of ideas of patterns, paintings, artists, home decor when I was in high school. It’s something I still consider important and now have around 30 inspiration binders. Whenever I’m at a loss for new design ideas, I check the binders. I decided to become a surface designer when I was a kid after seeing Marimekko fabric in Chicago. Marimekko designs still inspire me because of their timeless modern simplicity and bold high contrast patterns.
Meet Artist Andi Bird

What is your favorite trend and how have you incorporated it into your designs? I really don’t follow trends. I design what interests and energizes me.

What is the story behind your favorite design in your DENY gallery? My favorite design is “Alphabet Monsters” because it incorporates my love of hand drawn type, colorful urban monster cartoons and art that brings a smile to all ages. if you can’t commit to just one.

Meet Deny Artist Andi Bird

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