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The Multifaceted Michael Cina

Michael Cina is an internationally recognized Creative Director who is currently leading a multi-disciplinary design studio, Cina Associates. Michael is known globally for originating YouWorkForThem, a graphic design boutique, and its' sister company, WeWorkForThem, an award-winning design studio. His design portfolio includes many prominent Fortune 500 companies including Apple, American Express, ESPN, Pepsi, Coke, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Mazda, and Victoria's Secret. Cina's work is consistently featured in numerous publications and he has spoken at many global design conferences about his unique vision for design.

Michael's design expertise is sought after because he has successfully tested, innovated, and mastered unconventional approaches to the discipline, giving his work a fresh and unique flair. Over his career, he has applied and synthesized typography, branding, illustration, motion, web, music, photography, art and typefaces to produce an integrated approach to his design. He is passionate about his work and constantly elevates his work to new levels for his clients. That is why he has been named one of the leading designers today.

Thursday, 27.01.2011
12:30 (Cet)

 
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Qompendium: Your job in 20 words ...
Michael cina: Everything. Varied. Polarizing. Typography. Art. Photography. Exploring. Minimal. Complex. Spiritual. Graphic. Communication. Independent. Corporate. Thoughtful. Detailed. Abstract. Quality. Collecting. Forward.

Your personal style signifier is ...
Button up shirts.

How would your wife describe you ...
I feel like I know her like the back of my hand but I still don't know what she thinks of me totally. I am very different from her but we understand each other extremely well.

How would your PA describe you ...
Sporadic.

When do you turn your Mac, iPod, iPhone off?
Weekends, most of the time.

What is the smartest graphic you have ever created?
I have not made it yet.

The first font you would use on any assignment is ...
Univers

The best trick on photoshop is ...
Command N

A poster you would hang on your wall ...
I have "Vorm Gevers" by Wim Crouwel above my desk.

The last meal that truly impressed you ...

Every meal is impressive to some degree. I had one recently that I forgot about but the one I can remember is Cochon (the dish) at Cochon in New Orleans.

The last vinyl you purchased and would buy again ...
Pastor T. L. Barrett & Youth For Christ Choir: Like a Ship... (Without a Sail). I almost only buy vinyl.

The graphic that truly impressed you ...
All of Emil Ruder's "Typographie"

Ancient history thrills you because ...
We never learn from it and act like we have. 

The United States is ...
Many things to many people.

Your country is ...
The United States of America.

Money is ...
A luxury.

Art is ...
Part of my everyday life.

Your ultimate addiction ...
Books and Vinyl LP's. I have a basement full of both items and it is spreading into my office.

A recent discovery of yours is ...
Dark Chocolate.  

The last thing you bought and hated ...
Was disappointed by a book on Gerhard Richter's paintings. Love his work, book was incomplete and lackluster.

The next big thing is ...
Love.

The books on your bedside table are ...
A sketchbook, Contemporary American Poetry, Art and Soul, The Bible, Design as Art by Bruno Munari, and a Wax Poetics Anthology.

Your personal items you never go on journeys without are ...
Wallet, phone, keys.

The first thing you do when you enter a hotel room is ...
Take off my shoes.

Your favorite corner of the Internet is ...
Where the quality information is.

Who shall be the next interviewee ...
Newwork Magazine

What else do you want to say?
I just painted white over 100 of my old paintings. Now I have white paint all over my hands. I am currently listening to the Fall, whom I have not listened to since 1989. I am working on two branding projects and getting ready for a solo art show next week. My six month year old son has an ear infection. I am about to leave my office to pick up some vegetables from an organic cult. I have two meetings today for two new projects. Thought for the day. "You can't move forward if you are always looking back."

"My work explores the way I see the physical and spiritual world though time and space. A way for me to show how I see and view the social and physical landscape around me. Creating art enables me to explore my thoughts and ideas on a more authentic level. The intended result is some form of communication between the viewer and the piece itself.

My background is rooted in minimal and graphic communication and visual narratives. I am exploring many different ideas in my work, thus the form and medium is varied. My interest is in traditional art and building upon those foundations in new ways."
Michae Cina, 2010





 
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