Born in Guatemala, Erick Montes moved to the US and immediately became a Mexican. An independent graphic designer, Erick has over 10 years of experience in the industry, and has developed an extensive background in branding, packaging and illustration. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Print Magazine and The Type Director’s Club.
Tell us about your path to becoming a graphic designer.
My path has been pretty windy to say the least. Although I was drawn to design from an early age, it took me a good while to figure things out.
I was the kid who drew band logos in middle school, learned screen printing in 7th grade, but by the time I graduated high school had no idea that art and design was a career option. I went to college for Marketing and Photography (really), thinking that advertising was probably the closest to making stuff an adult could get. A few years later, after desk jobs, printing internships, and doing posters for fun, I realized that Graphic Design was a thing and that I could make it a career and earn dozens of dollars doing it.
I took a job in the art department at a print shop, went back to school, left school, took agency jobs, left agency jobs, then went off on my own to start my own studio.
Who or what inspires you?
Today, it’s the people I get to collaborate with. I’ve been lucky to get to know some super talented folks that constantly make me want to do better work.
Were you creative as a kid?
I think I was moderately creative. I did come up with some bitchin’ Iron Maiden record covers, though.
What do you like about living in Austin?
What’s not to like? This city is constantly growing and creating new things. It’s super inspiring. Then there’s the food, the music, the people, the weird things that only happen here.
What is your typical day like?
I’ll try my best to not put you to sleep. My day starts at around 6:30. I get up and make kid lunches with my wife, take a kid to school, get back to the house to have coffee with said wife, go to my studio to juggle e-mail, calls and actual work, sneak in a lunch, then more e-mail, calls, work, then back to the house at some point, prepare dinner for my family, cocktail, relax, sleep, start over again.
What's your favorite food?
All of it.