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Welcome to our monthly interview series, #buffaloiscreative, introducing stellar members of our CMbuf community. Make sure to update your profile for an opportunity to be featured on our blog, newsletter and social media accounts!
Meet Eric Foster, a Infographics Designer and Owner at EF Creative. He believes that visual information is more powerful than we give it credit for and has taken it on as his mission to communicate visually.
What is your special creative force?
I would have to say my special creative force is sketching. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a child. I got really into colored pencil renderings in high school and even pursued quite a bit of drawing throughout College. Unfortunately I don’t take the time to draw like I used to, but I do find time to sketch almost every day. Sketching helps me develop ideas that I later digitally interpret in Adobe Illustrator.
In general, I will sketch alongside notes as I plan out each week and what needs to be accomplished. Being able to scribble something on a piece of paper or in an app and then letting that idea marinate or incubate in my mind for a few days can be really powerful. I think this can really lend itself to not only coming up with creative ways to problem solve, but also can lend itself to coming up with a better solutions for Graphic Design as well as when I am building an infographic.
In the spirit of July 2017’s theme, #CMequality, can you share your ideas on how design can promote equality and togetherness?
I think design can be used to make the “Third Place” more inviting on some small levels. But I think design in the sense of how an event is composed, is where the true power resides. I really like the idea of a third space, like a bar, art opening, barber shop or the Creative Mornings Talks. These spaces and events really lend themselves to bringing together people with different values, socio-economic backgrounds and different belief systems. Getting a wide range of people in a room chatting over a beverage can just facilitate human interaction. I believe this human interaction can lead to Equality, mostly by humanizing all people across the spectrum, from the janitor to the judge.
Where do you feel most inspired in Buffalo?
I’m not sure if I feel the most inspired, happy or just peaceful at this place, but “Hunter’s Creek”! It is one of my favorite places to go for a Hike. There’s something magical about it to me. I try to go once a week and spend some hours there, hiking, chatting with friends and just taking in the beautiful scenery while snapping a few photos. Sometimes I even use a color app to capture the colors that I photograph. Most times I just leave my phone in my pocket and enjoy a peaceful hike.
What project are you working on right now that we should all know about?
I am very excited to be working with Sam Insalaco on turning the theBREWROOM’s Process into an infographic! Next up, I’ll be collaborating with my friend Val Grigoriou on an infographic series about basic Bicycle repair. Besides those, there are some Infographics on Health, Visual Information and Star Wars in the EF Creative incubator. And even though the project I’m about to mention has been completed, I can’t help but acknowledge that I was honored to be able to create an infographic for the one and only CreativeMornings/Buffalo chapter!
July 09, 2017