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Our slab on the block this week is an illustrator, sign shop worker, graphic designer, and one hell of a mustache wearer. Twin Cities meet freelance creative Cory Loven. Right out of the gate we were intrigued by Cory for his original and simple response to why he got into design. He told us, "Happiness. I love Graphic Design, Illustration, Art, and imagery in general. I love creating things visually that convey an idea." Cory got his start first start studying in his hometown of Willmar, Minnesota at Ridgewater College followed by a stint of working at a sign shop. Yet, shortly after, Cory realizing that he wanted to learn more and continued his education at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul where he received his BFA in Graphic Design in 2009.
Cory was one of many that graduated into a destroyed and slowly recovering economy. He said, "After a healthy, six months of being unemployed, I was lucky enough to become an intern at CSA Design in Minneapolis. This continued for over two years, and was arguably a home where I learned a great deal about the world of Graphic Design & Illustration." From there Cory did everything from being a contract designer at Blu Dot to holding a position at Juxtaposition Arts where he taught graphic design basics to apprentices. Nice.
What drew us to Cory's work is his distinctive style and playful concepts that can be seen throughout his portfolio. Yet, most of all, we were drawn to his no "BS" approach to saying it like it is and his honest, hardcore focus on the work. Our favorite piece is when we asked him about awards (which he has garnered some pretty high honors already). But, Cory told us, "Don't get me wrong, recognition is a great thing in any career; it can lead to future clients and more money to be able to pay your bills and just be able to fuckin' survive. But fame is not the reason why I do this shit. I do it because I love it. I do it because I cannot see myself doing anything else. Let's face it—if I wanted to make money I would've become a businessman. At the end of the day I just want to make cool shit. I know that sounds kind of naive, but it's true." Amen.
Check out more of Cory's work after the jump. Also check out our last two features: Taylor Hall O'Brien, a freelance photographer and designer and Kyle Wyatt, a freelance designer.
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Art Direction: Jamey Erickson (Sevnthsin)
Design: Cory Loven