Henry was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies. He received his B.A. degree (2000) from Kansas Wesleyan University andhis M.F.A. degree (2004) from Kansas State University in Visual Communication with emphasis on typography and 3D graphics. Henry was a Research and Teaching Assistant. Upon completing his B.A. degree, Henry served as a Production Assistant with Arliss Studios in Burbank, Calif. Henry’s responsibilities included art direction and other on site duties with the studios. In 2001, he was hired as Public Coordinator/Creative Designer for Middle Georgia College, Cochran, Ga.
Q: Out of all your work, which one is your favorite?
A: Bentley! We had a chance to meet with them locally and I love cars so that was easy.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies and music you like?
A: I love soccer. i’m a big fan of soccer, globally and locally. I love Barcelona. I’m a huge Spanish League fan, La Liga. Music, I’m all over the board. like Jazz, smooth jazz. I normally play some throughout my class.
Q: Favorite colors you like to use in your work?
A: I was really stubborn in grad-school. Growing up in Jamaica I used reds, greens, and yellows. But as I grow up I understood what worked well with eachother. Professionally It’s much less driven by what I am culturally but in my own personal design, I use those same colors.
Q: During the beginning of your career, did you ever reach a breaking point?
A: I remember in Grad School at 3am, literally tears coming down my cheek. It was a packaging project for mens calogne. I had to do four different packaging concepts and everything was falling apart. The wrong kind of glue, the paper was warping. the folds were off, and at that one moment is was, stop and breath, walk away. But it was the folks that I was around in Grad school and the type of environment I was in that helped me get back.
Q: What was your first breakthrough project that got you exposed to the industry?
A: We did a website design for the Mesa National Verde Park. We were giving the concept to design an educational user interface. At that point we were using flash, so that was big for the department. We created a beta version that was up for awhile. So that was BIG.
Q: What Adobe applications do you currently work with?
A: Currently I’m using both Photoshop and Illustrator at my work. It’s been a year since i’ve felt comfortable with Photoshop. For page layout, Indesign. Absolutely, multipage documents and I know some people use Illustrator but I try to teach my students to switch over to Indesign and the ones that aren’t familiar sort of back away from that jump.
Q: When did you first get into graphic design?
A: For me Graphic Design started when I was my undergrad. I was actually in school for visual arts, drawing and ceramics. I was on a scholarship for soccer. I think at that time art was something that I knew I could do and I love sports. So after the tail end of sports is when I started to take it more seriusly. Around my Junior and Senior year is when i really got into it.
Q: How hard is it to manage client needs?
A: It’s a different beast. When you’re working with a client it’s sort of “dumbed down.” in terms of teaching. You have to read the mindset of that client. It’s more about making the client and not yourself feel important. It can be fun, but not always. I work at Hallmark so that when we are working on a signage we have to figure out how to package it so the owner can use it easily.
Q: How much more fast paced is it compared to when you’re in school and when you’re at work?
A: It’s fast. You know when you’re at school I used to say, “use this arena as a place to explore.” You have some time, I know 3 weeks doesn’t feel as long but I got an email a few days ago that needed a window display for Valentine’s Day. They needed those concepts yesterdday.
Q: When working with a team, how hard is it to incorperate other peoples ideas?
A: Communication is always rich. Ideas will usually get thought up at pod meeting. Where we sit down and do what we call an “elimination.” Sounds brutal but if you have a couple ideas up we will spend some time and get rid of the weakest one. There is always a lead on a design and they’re the manager on that project. And ideas will get squashed but critiques are pretty straight-forward and help you achieve your goal quicker.
Q: Any advice for upcoming student?
A: There’s so many things that are obtainable through the computer but there’s so many other ways to find quality information. Whether it’s Museums, magazines, and or books. I always encourage students to go checkout books. You know you might not read it cover to cover but it’s better to pick a book up and thumb through it and it’s amazing how much you actually learn that you wouldn’t even realize yet. So you can look back on something or see something in everyday life and be like, hey, I remeber that or hey, I know who that designer is. It’s not like reading a book, it’s more like, who’s this? And I really love that.