Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Kendrick for being today’s interviewee.
Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.
My name is Kendrick Kidd and I live/work in sunny Florida as a designer/illustrator. I 9 to 5 at Shepherd, an ad agency in Jacksonville, and spend the moments in between freelancing for myself, and Halftone Def Studios. I love exploring design, and regularly seek out new types of projects I’ve yet to try.
What are you working on?
My wife and I recently had our first child, so I’ve been working pretty hard at being a good dad, haha. Beyond that, I’ve been designing a few shirts for Spitfire Wheels, and a small summer apparel line for Modus Bearing Company. Kinda pumped to work on anything skate/surf related, so work’s been pretty fun lately.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.
I’m pretty stoked on this little black & white boot I did recently. I love trying to convey detail in a single color, and thought this little guy had just the right amount. Restraint can be a real S.O.B. sometimes, but it’s also super rewarding when it works out.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)? (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch, etc.)
My tool setup varies depending on what I’m trying to achieve but the staples are: a mechanical pencil, scanner, the Adobe suite, coffee, beer and water. My work area is littered with sketches, work samples, posters & crumbs. My mother will probably cringe when she see this, as my work desk closely resembles my bedroom as a teenager. Sorry mom, not much has changed.
Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.
This was pretty tough… I see a heap of rad shit on dribbble, daily. I could easily pick 50 favorites and have another 50 that were a close second. The quality of work around here is bananas. That said, I feel like the Monarch playing cards shot from Curtis Jinkins is pretty up-there, for me. Curtis’s work always has a sense of craft about it. Doesn’t really matter if it’s simple or complex, the care he puts into his pieces is ever-present. The Monarch cards in particular are a great example of this. There’s literally nothing he could add, or take away that would make the packaging any better. It’s about as perfect as a design gets.