- Brian McDonaldVisual Designer, 2003 - presentDesign, Photo, and Craft
I am an enthusiastic self-teacher, and I'm into new technologies, video games, bad movies, the animal kingdom, and plenty of 80's/90's nostalgia. I'm not a fan of laundry, design trends, fanboyism, and people who bid on eBay auctions before the final 30 seconds of the listing.
I've enjoyed art since I was very young. I started with illustration, painting, and photography, and computers were my gateway to graphic design. With experience, my primary focus turned to graphic design while also becoming an avenue to incorporate my photographic work. Film photography gave way to digital camera systems, and I took the leap to transition into and fully embrace a digital workflow.
My interest in music also started at a young age. My first instrument was a Roland keyboard, and I progressed to play guitar around the 3rd grade. I picked up bass guitar, and started to play the drums to cap off my musical arsenal. More recently, I've gotten into creating music on my computer, which lets me combine all of my musical skills.
As for hockey, it all started when I was five years old. I practically lived at the ice rink growing up. I played both travel and high school hockey, but took a short break before re-focusing my views on the game. I started to coach with emphasis on individual technique and skills training. Coaching turned into my own business, and that exposure also allowed me to branch into other facets of hockey, including equipment design and research.
My most recent development has been my passion for woodworking, which started three years ago. I assisted my father with some of his projects, and then began designing my own ideas and learned how to fabricate them. Through experiencing the start-to-finish aspects of production, I have come to love designing outside of the digital realm.