Ally to Watch: Chris Gutendorf Design

Artist PortraitChris Gutendorf has been in the graphic design field for over a decade! As a part of our creative community for two years, we knew it was time to get to know this designer a little bit better. Find out what creativity means to Chris and what’s on his bucket list!

Why are you a designer?

Because I’ve always been a lover of art and design and wanted to get paid for doing what I love.

How did you get started?

I have been drawing all my life but I got into graphic design as a result of going to the Art Institute of Seattle where I graduated and then started working in the field.

music designWhere are you from and how does that influence you?

I’m from Portland, Oregon born and raised. I love designing for bands and anything music related. We have A LOT of that here in Portland, where I am a full-time graphic designer and freelance artist.

Who are some of your favorite artists/designers?


Bernie Fuchs and Neville Brody are my favorite two most of all!

How about favorite design tools?

Probably Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.

winnerTell us about a previous design contest that you enjoyed.

My favorite design contest was the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, where I was the chosen winner. I could not believe it because there were SO many great designs and talent in there.

(See what the Monterey Jazz Festival had to say about Chris’ design here!)

What does it mean to be creative?

First of all, I believe being creative means that a design should provoke an emotion and have meaning. Trying to avoid being “straight forward” with a design and thinking more outside of the box.

80s designWho or what inspires you?

I’m a huge fan of 80s and 90s design as well as Swiss typography

Tell us about your design style.

I don’t think I really have a set style. I’m all over the board!

If you were stuck in a room with only 5 items, what would they be?

I would have to say a knife and a six pack of beer.

germanyFinally, what’s on your bucket list?

To visit Germany where my family came from.

Check out Chris on Behance and see his full Creative Allies portfolio here!

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