Chris 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.
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?
How about favorite design tools?
Probably Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.
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.
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.
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.
To visit Germany where my family came from.