Damien Correll: Getting Rad

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Below are outtakes from Josiah Hughes’ interview with graphic designer Damien Correll. To read the full feature, download a pdf of XLR8R's June/July issue, out now.

XLR8R: What is your favorite font?

Damien Correll: I love geometric type. I think Futura is one of the most perfect typefaces ever. I have a lot of favorites, mostly the classic standards, but Futura is a face I go back to routinely.

What does a day in your life look like?

I really try to keep regular hours. I wake up at a reasonable time and take care of the tedious-yet-important email and paperwork game. Then I usually just ride my bike down to my studio and get as much done as possible. That separation of space is really important to me. It's totally a mental thing, but having a dedicated space to “make” is extremely important.

What is Rad Mountain and how did Rad Mountain get started?

Rad Mountain is essentially a studio space a few of us share in Brooklyn, New York. It originally started with Ryan Waller, Garrett Morin, and Wyeth Hansen, but in the past two years Justin Fines and myself moved into the space. We are all freelance designers, but all of us show work in galleries in some capacity here and there.

How does your artistic approach differ from your work with Rad Mountain?

I am still figuring that all out. At Rad Mountain we all work separately on both commercial and artistic endeavors, but lately we have been smashing our heads together and collaborating as a studio more and more. We all have a similar sensibility, which is fantastic, but we each have a very definitive style and even particular types of projects we work on. Currently we are at a point where we are still trying to figure out what it is we make as a group. It has been a great learning experience for all of us, actually. Thus far the projects we have produced don't exactly look like the work each of us would normally produce, but they still make sense within our individual bodies of work. It's more of a genuine collaboration.

What future plans do you have for Rad Mountain?

We want to continue to work as a group, that's for sure. We're currently working on an online store where we are going to unload all of the random prints, t-shirts and everything else we make on the world. At the moment, we don't have any plans of being a full-fledged studio, but I don't think any of us are opposed to that happening either. We're just not eager to shake things up just yet. Although, as we continue to work together more frequently and we nail down our process, we have been eager to take on bigger projects together.