Ric Bixter: I try to base my work around ideas and clean graphics.
FS: How did you end up studying graphic design professionally?
RB: I always liked art when I was younger and studied Art and Design in school. The course was about experimenting and I started designing on the computer. Moving on to study Graphic Design at university was quite a jump as it was a different way of thinking and working. Since starting university, I have been introduced to a whole world of design, literature and ideas which I am still discovering.
FS: How do you go about starting a project?
RB: I usually start with some broad research on the topic, finding as many images as I can, that relate to what I am working on. I will then sketch out some ideas before moving onto Illustrator to continue the development.
FS: What is your workspace like?
RB: I have a sketchbook in front of my laptop which is plugged into my tv so I can use a duel screen when designing, on the other side of the desk, I have my cutting mat and usually a heap of trimmings that pile up on the desk. I try and keep it relatively minimal and tidy but sometimes in the middle of a project that idea goes out the window.
FS: What is your dream project to work on?
RB: I would love to be designing film posters for some of my favourite directors like Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro or Christopher Nolan. If I could completely make up a job, I would be the on site graphic designer for the F1 teams just in case they needed some designing in the middle of a tour around the world.
FS: What is the most challenging project that you've done?
RB: I would say any of the projects I have done at university. With rather broad briefs and 5/6 tutors, it can be hard to get your head around an idea sometimes.
FS: What do you think is the biggest influence on your work?
RB: I would have to say my university course as before I was doing Art and Design but since then I would say being surrounded by students and professionals of graphic design and reading books like The Art of Looking Sideways, Elements of Typographic Style and A Smile in the Mind.