Timeout with Ricky Linn

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Ricky for being today’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

avatarMy name’s Ricky Linn and I’m currently a student at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, for what seems like an eternity now, studying graphic design. I also freelance some projects on the side when time allows for it, though recently a lot of my focus has been on my school work. I was born in Burma (Myanmar), then moved to Singapore, then came to California about 8 years ago. I just recently turned the big 21.

What are you working on?

Right now I’m doing a rebrand of Planned Parenthood for class and putting together editorial prototypes for another class. I have a few client pieces that I’m currently in the middle of and also one or two pieces as contributing illustrations for blogs and such. Plus in a few weeks I’ll be starting illustration work on some concept art for a video game so that’s new and exciting. And lastly on the personal project side of things I’m about to start working on a rebrand of Kellogg’s and their line of cereals. Got more ideas festering in the brain I would love to try out but there’s never enough time as always.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

Probably my Arizona cans. More so because of the process than how it actually looks, but I’m really happy with how it came out also. It was one of those rare projects that everything kind of came together really well from the very beginning. The making of the designs had that perfect mix of great music, great coffee, and great work. I had a lot of fun making them and my professor was really encouraging and let me explore my own style as I saw fit.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)? (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch, etc.)

I have a fairly normal setup. I have a 2 year old MacBook Pro whom I thoroughly abuse and push to the brink of his sanity. I feel bad for him sometimes. About two more years to go before I graduate then I’ll have to let him go and buy a new one. I hook him up to my another monitor screen just for the extra space. I had a Magic Mouse till very recently but I just could not tolerate working with it anymore seeing as how my hand was turning into a deformed claw so I went out and got myself a real traditional mouse from Logitech. My moleskine is indispensable. It’s both a mental diary and a sketchbook for me. I lost it once for a week and I became absolutely frazzled and nervous like I no longer had any control over my life.

Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.

As everybody says, the amount of amazing work on here is unbelievable so it’s really difficult to choose an absolute favorite. But the one (two) shots that I always, always remember are these two by Scott Hill. I basically love everything he does but these two shots really stuck in my brain. The colors, the type setting, the linework, the abstraction and geometry of form, it’s just beautiful.


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