I’m really excited to introduce Christian Dixon, our very first UI Designer! I got the chance to catch up with Christian and ask him some getting-to-know-you questions.
A: Storytime: my great-great-aunt did a bas relief portrait of President Roosevelt that inspired the bust on the dime and naturally, I decided I wanted to do something cool too. Unfortunately, I found out about the dime bit while I was taking an architecture seminar, so I figured buildings would be my thing. Fast forward to being six extra credit assignments away from not passing Physics my senior year of high school and realizing my concepts would probably literally kill people, I turned to graphic design in college after taking a class where we had to talk about our favorite album covers.
Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G, 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J.Cole, any of Kanye’s first 3 albums, Jay-Z’s Blueprint or Reasonable Doubt, In Rainbows by Radiohead, To Pimp a Butterflyby Kendrick Lamar, Nostalgia, Ultra by Frank Ocean and Because the Internet by Childish Gambino are my current favorites, by the way.
A: Spanish and Byzentine architecture, cookbooks, retro and vintage packaging, Nike, really bad design, Dribbble, etc.
A: Honestly, I walk around in Ellwood Thompson, SOTJ Farmer’s Market, or Tan-A and pick out a few random things to cook together without choosing a recipe beforehand. For me, you can find creativity in details much in the same way you’d find specific ingredients in a dish. I also look at guidebooks for cities I want to travel to which inevitably leads me to the architecture and, not surprisingly, food sections, so I can get a pick-me-up from colors and composition.
A: I’d always walk by here after getting food from Pop’s or drinks at Wong Gonzalez, but FM was never hiring. Coincidentally, I just bought a house in the Northside and wanted something as rooted in Richmond as I was becoming, and a UI Designer position opened up not too long afterwards. Seemed like universal intervention or something.
A: Tea (matcha, green, or sleepytime) by choice, but coffee by virtue of never getting enough sleep.
A: As of now, internationally Sevilla, Spain and domestically, Chicago in the summertime. Being able to walk or bike aimlessly in any direction and find really cheap but really amazing food and a ton of languages within earshot are second-to-none in my book.
A: I’m usually somewhere between social psychology, culinary history, and autobiographies currently. Beside my bed right now are The New Urban Crisis by Richard Florida, Walkable City by Jeff Speck, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the latter being read for the second time.
A: Black Panther (obviously), Green Lantern (John Stewart is the only worthwhile iteration, @ me if you don’t agree), or Jesus if He counts (is it blasphemous to wonder if he has an Infinity Gauntlet of his own?).
A: We’ll be best friends forever regardless, Alex. While Free Fallin’ – the John Mayer cover, at least – is pretty far up there, I can’t pick just one, so here’s a mini playlist instead: