Ryan Perkins is one of our designers who’s been sitting here a while, so we figure it’s time to more formally introduce him. Ryan Perkins is in the hot seat this time and gives us insight on his extensive record collection and how he geeks out to fixing things.
Schaefer: Tell us about yourself.
I’m from Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech in graphic design. I’ve been married for seven years and have a 1-year-old son, Noah. Even though I studied graphic design, I taught myself how to code, because I grew up always being on the web, and it’s always appealed more to me. I also like that it’s always changing.
Schaefer: Why did you choose graphic design as your major?
I had a friend in high school who I always looked up to in art, and she saw graphic design as a way to do art for a living without necessarily being a starving artist. That was a possibility for me, so I saw graphic design as a more feasible career path.
I’ve always been a computer nerd. I started replacing parts to computers in high school and built my own computers in college. I’ve built probably five computers. I’m definitely a tinkerer as far as figuring out how things work. I think that led me to more interest in web design than print design.
Schaefer: If there weren’t any computers left, what would you be doing?
It’s a toss-up. I’m a pretty good cook and regularly cook for our family, so maybe a chef? It depends on what kind of mood I’m in when it comes to cooking. I recently made tortilla soup and chicken pot pie. What I want to cook changes all the time. I don’t make one thing over and over again.
If I wasn’t a chef, I would do carpentry. I have built a lot of furniture for our house and really enjoy that. Like I said, I’m a tinkerer – whether it’s figuring out which flavors work best together or figuring out how different pieces work to ensure the best fit.
Schaefer: Given the opportunity, what is one piece of advice you would give to someone entering the advertising world?
It’s not life or death. It’s not the end of the world if something doesn’t go your way, and that will happen. You can’t sweat the small stuff.
Schaefer: Rumor has it that you have a love of music. Tell us about that.
I have a pretty extensive collection of records. I started collecting them when I was in college. Now, I think I have somewhere around 300 records. It’s a go-to gift I like to get, because their easy, already have a place in the house and not very expensive.
Schaefer: Of the 300 records, do you have a favorite?
My favorite record of all time would be “Is This It” by The Strokes, or probably “In Rainbows” by Radiohead.
Schaefer: If you controlled the music in the office, what would you play?
I don’t think people would enjoy what I play, because I play weird stuff [laughs]. The funny thing is that I don’t have playlists, because I only listen to albums.
I would play jazz on Monday, probably Miles Davis. On Friday I’m playing a garage rock band, Thee Oh Sees, or an Australian psych band called, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
If I controlled the music, I think more people would feel inclined to leave their own headphones on [laughs].
Schaefer: What if you had the chance to relive the same holiday every day. Which holiday would it be?
Definitely Halloween. I like that time of year and getting dressed up. Four years ago, I was Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. I had a replica mask that was pressed from the original mask in the movie. I went all out and had chains and a machete. It was a pretty legit costume.
Schaefer: Who would your alter ego be?
I would be Tony Hawk. He seems like a cool guy and he’s really talented. I always wanted to skate, but never got into it. Yeah, I know I’m old.
Schaefer: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or seen happen in the office?
Morgan’s toe. I didn’t know it was physically possible to be jammed in like that.