Discover the interview of Jennifer Blanco & John Earles from Field of study in Houston, USA.
How did you become a designer?
My partner, Jennifer Blanco, has a “traditional” background in design. She received a BFA from School of Visual Arts and has worked in a variety of design roles. I have an MFA from School of Visual Arts with an education and background which is more focused on critical thinking, theory, and management. We had in interest in working together and identified there was an opportunity to apply our different areas of knowledge to craft unique solutions to design problems.
How would you define your vision of design, your style ?
Jennifer has a saying that good design does not “tell lies.” What she means by this is that a design solution should organically grow from a history, story, or aspect of the problem rather than being an arbitrary aesthetic decision. We’ve always felt very strongly about this. We perform a good amount of research into every project and look for design solutions that are authentic and have meaning conceptually.
Hopefully, this leads to work that is visually interesting, solves the problem at hand, but has elegance that extends way below the surface.
For the future, what are your professional projects ?
One of our goals is to try and continue to attract work that allows us to fully utilize our skills, develop new ones, and build projects with a unified vision.
Lately we’ve been working on several projects that involve not only developing a brand identity system, but carrying it forward into interior spaces. This is something that has been rewarding, great for our team here, and encouraged us to look for opportunities that indulge our interests. We have an unending list of things and subjects that we’re looking for excuses to tap and explore, and design is the perfect medium to do so.
What do you like the most in your job ?
Everyday is a new day as a designer. There’s a new problem to consider and solve as well as a new visual language to learn and speak.
One of the great, and sometimes exhausting, things about design is that it’s more of a mindset or a discipline rather than a trade. A good designer is an effective observer and analyzer and it’s impossible to not apply those skills to daily life. Because of this, every moment of the day is an opportunity to learn from the various interactions and transactions that occur.
This creates an enormous opportunity for personal growth and fulfillment both inside—and outside—the work day.