One of the best parts about recruiting judges for the Regional Design Annual: Getting a chance to browse their brilliant archives. Today, fifth in a series of six judge profiles, we bring you the words and work of Timothy Goodman, who will be judging the Midwest region of the RDA this year. Enter by March 4 to put your work to the test!
Path that led you to design: After barely graduating high school, I started working for a guy named Dave who ran a painting and home-improvement company. Over the next four years, Dave taught me really fundamental skills like painting, tiling and drywalling during the day, while I took classes at community college for interior design at night. I had to take a bunch of different classes for my major, and I had a couple art teachers that were especially supportive. This led me to study design—and that is what made me realize I wanted to get out of Cleveland and go to a major metropolitan area. From there I went to SVA for design school at the age of 23.
Your career, in a nutshell: Finding my voice has always been important to me. Trying to share my voice with an audience via illustration, writing, social experiments and design has been equally important. I’ve been lucky to create certain works that really connect with people, and I think connecting to people is one of the true joys of being a human.
Design Philosophy: Approach design as a practice, not as a profession.
The key to good design: Emotion.
Work of which you’re most proud: A three-way tie: Our new social experiment and blog, 12 Kinds of Kindness, with Jessica Walsh. My Instagram writing series, “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew.” And my Sharpie Art Workshop book.
Cause that means the most to you: Mentorship for troubled youth.
Favorite designer: Jessica Walsh
Favorite typographer: Erik Marinovich
Favorite artist: Red Grooms
Favorite cities: New York City and Barcelona
Biggest inspiration: Traveling, jazz, hip hop, the Knicks, movies, falling in love, getting your heart broken, past mistakes.
What the Midwest Region means to you: It means home.
What tends to make the Midwest’s design unique? Midwestern people are some of the best people, and it comes across in very passionate and honest ways through the work.
Motto: “You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” – Miles Davis
Enter the 2016 Regional Design Annual today for a chance to be featured among the country’s best design work in Print magazine! Our judges: Jessica Walsh, Gail Anderson, Timothy Goodman, Marc English, Bill Grant and Jennifer Morla.