Ben is our resident starry-eyed, Eames-loving, baseball-cap-adorned designer. He works with all sorts of wonderful colleagues to construct branded experiences and interactions that are driven by human-centered logic and purposeful aesthetic gestalts. Meet Ben Young, designer at our Seattle office.
1. Are you originally from your current city? If not, where are you from?
I was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. I grew up in a sleepy, brick-laden, historic district called Fairhaven that looks out on Puget Sound.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
For a good part of my college years, I worked at an agency that created marketing materials for major pharmaceutical corporations (primarily in relation to diabetes). It was a wildly unique experience to advertise to audiences whose lives frequently depended on a product. It helped me to recognize the potential power that any one piece of visual communication can hold.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
In my spare time, you’ll usually find me exploring local antique stores, painting, sketching, cross-stitching, or wandering around the city admiring architecture.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Rain. I’m fairly certain that precipitation is my favorite known phenomenon in my sentient existence. I would be happy beyond measure if I could somehow turn the sun down a few notches and keep the world at a rainy 25°-45° Fahrenheit year-round.
5. What is your hidden talent?
I can coax almost any cat into loving me, stray or not.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Hot weather. Honestly.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I graduated high school with an AA Degree and finished my BFA in Design at Western Washington University shortly after turning 21.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Visit Hong Kong
- Work on a project that will continue to affect people generations beyond my lifetime
- Write and illustrate a children’s book
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
“…after all, isn't it odd that anything exists? It's most peculiar, it requires effort, it requires energy, and it would have been so much easier for there to have been nothing at all.” – Alan Watts
10. Name a favorite line from a movie/show.
“Damn good coffee!” – Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
I love that everything we create tends to build upon itself in some way and is—by nature—inevitably ephemeral. Every project has a deadline and every brand that houses those projects has a life expectancy. The thinking of previous generations of creators affects how we think about challenges, and our thinking will affect those who come after us.