Mark Weaver is one of those graphic designers that I was into as soon as I saw his stuff. The mix of random images and clean presentation made everything so interesting to look at.
When talking about his work, Mark says – “I try to give these old images new meaning and new life”, which (I feel) is exactly what he does.
Click below to check out a Q&A with mark Weaver.
For those who are not familiar with Mark Weaver, please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a 27 year old designer from Boston, Massachusetts. I started drawing when I was around 3 or 4 and haven’t stopped since. I’m working on a project that a lot of other designers are involved in called Make Something Cool Every Day which has given me a lot of exposure in the design community. Currently I freelance from my house in East Atlanta Village with my wife, Jessie and our dog, Sgt. Pepper.
Was there any one thing or inspiration that got you into illustrating & design?
I don’t know if there was one thing specifically that got me into art. It’s just something that I’ve always done. There are a lot of artists in my family—my father is a photographer, my uncle is a fine art painter, and my older brothers are both designers. I guess you could say its in my blood.
Your work has great mix of images and text, do you have a certain process you go through to create each piece, or are they all different?
For the most part it’s the same process. I find images from old books and other places and put them together to create a piece. I try to give these old images new meaning and new life.
Your work reminds me of refined collages. Is that a fair assessment?
I’d say so. A lot of my pieces are structured and grid oriented as opposed to just random collages.
Do you try and tell a story with your pieces? For instance, how did “Teddy Roosevelt in a space suit” come about?
Sometimes I like to tell a story with a piece and other times I just want to make something strange or unusual. The Teddy Roosevelt piece came from an idea that I had to put some old dude in a spacesuit. Teddy seemed like a good choice because he was all about exploration and discovery.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
All the stuff that I make is done with photoshop and a scanner, so I guess the computer is my favorite medium.
Who are 3 of your favorite artists and why?
This is always changing for me. These are my current favorites:
1. Stanley Kubrick – 2001: A Space Odyssey has been a huge inspiration for me. Love his attention to detail.
2. Dan McPharlin – He creates these awesome space illustrations and miniature cardboard models.
3. Charley Harper – the way he broke down animals into simple geometric shapes is absolutely incredible.
If we were to look at your desk/work station, what would we see?
1. french press + empty coffee cup
2. Field Notes
4. various vinyl and wooden toys
5. old Nat Geo mags, vintage books
Your site has a bunch of magazine work you’ve done, do you contribute to magazines a lot?
Not a whole lot anymore, but I’ve done a good amount work for Paste Magazine in the past. I recently created an illustration for Wired which will be in the October issue.
Who was your first “big” client and what did you produce for them?
Paste was probably my first big client that I worked with. I designed with a studio that did the monthly layout for each issue and also the entire redesign of the magazine.
How often do you shoot photos and what kind of cameras do you use?
Not as often as I would like to. I use a Canon rebel for digital and a Holga with a Polaroid back.
I’m sure you spend some time on the internet, what are some sites you check out daily?
I have a lot of sites I check daily. These are a few of my favorites:
ffffound.com, iso50.com, butdoesitfloat.com
Are there any current projects you are working on that you would care to spill the beans about?
Sure, I’m designing some t-shirts for Sixpack France, making screen prints which are for sale HERE , and designing business cards for my mother-in-law.
Thanks for your time, anything you would like to add before we wrap this?
Thanks for the interview Defgrip!