Designer Q&A: Jack Maize
Mountain View, CA
What is your earliest creative memory?
I remember my classmates in 2nd or 3rd grade asking me to draw them things. I was known as the guy who was a good drawer. What is the path that led you to design?
From a young age, I enjoyed drawing things. I was into anime, so I enjoyed drawing characters from various shows like Dragon Ball Z and Gundam Wing. I remember my mom taking me to a class to learn how to draw anime. Star Wars also was a big part of my life growing up (and still is), so I liked drawing characters and ships from the movies. When people around me began to comment that I embraced an artistic talent, I knew that I wanted to pursue an artistic career. I took art classes throughout middle school, high school and college.
During my freshman year at a community college, I took an intro to graphic design class which made me fall in love with graphic design. I knew from then on that digital design was what I wanted to do for a career. Around this time, I also was influenced by Apple products since I had gotten my first Mac and iPhone. My love of Apple’s products is what got me interested in web and software design. I continued to take design courses throughout my time at the community college and at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where I got my BFA in Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. Career in a nutshell
Movie advertising design > Brand design > Web design > Movie advertising design > Brand design > UX design. Trying different areas of design helped me figure out what I love the most! The key to good design
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like, design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs
What piece of work are you most proud of?
Right now, the design work I do on the Selling team at eBay is what I’m most proud of. I hear stories of people being able to make ends meet because of the extra money they make selling on eBay. These stories motivate me to craft user experiences that allow people to be able to do this better.
Who has been your biggest influence?
The teachers, mentors, and co-workers I’ve had.
How would you classify your style?
I don’t necessarily have a style since what I design is always based on what’s most appropriate for the situation. When I did brand design at the agency 1185, it was important not to bring a style to the work we did for each client because we wanted to create brands that were unique from one another.
Who is your favorite designer?
What advice would you give to designers who are just starting their career?
Be curious and ask lots of questions. Follow your heart and don’t settle when you know there is something better. What would you like to accomplish by the end of your career?
Looking back on the work I did and seeing that it made the world better.
Where can people learn more about you?
On Twitter: @JackMaize