Studio Visit: Phill Shung, Graphic Designer, 12/5/12

Phill shows students some of the branding projects he's done onlineExplaining how the business works!Phill showing different websitesPhill talking to students

Art Ready Fall 2012 Studio Visit: Phill Shung, Graphic Desinger, a set on Flickr.

For our forth Art Ready trip, we made a visit to Phillip Shung’s studio in Park Slope. Shung has been into web designing as well as a form of art he calls “branding” for many years. Branding is basically to stamp something so you will be identified with it. A few examples that he showed us from his companies Sundree and Pixod were the advertising, web design, magazine layout, promotional video, and art direction projects he did with musicians such as Missy Elliot, Mario, and Snoop Dogg.

During his introduction, Shung made it clear that he does not work alone. One of the colleagues that he works with does most of the website programming, for example. Part of what his job requires him to do is to travel many places. Because of that, he has been all over the world in the past ten years.

When Shung talked about some of his celebrity clients, he showed us his company’s website, which has images of the different projects he has done for them. He explained how some celebrities, like Snoop Dogg, wanted to be fully involved in what was happening, while others, such as Beyonce, would tell the designers “to do what they do.”

Before we left his studio, Shung  asked everyone what they wanted to be in life. Most Art Ready students answered by saying that did not know what they wanted to be yet. Shung embraced those who did not know by letting them know there was nothing wrong with that. He also explained that this line of work was not what he was interested in when he began college; he was originally interested in engineering, but then realized he was spending most of his time on his art homework.

In my opinion, working with Phillip Shung would give any Art Ready student a bit of an idea on how to get their ideas out into the world.

Post by Dennis Metoyer, Exploring the Arts intern

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