By Cade Martin
As a kid, I spent many a dinner at a table surrounded by friends of my parents, an eclectic cast of characters — sculptors, writers, painters, creatives. That thread of creative community has remained in our offices, our teams, and our collaborations. But that thread feels thinner in this moment.
So I asked, with the purpose of sharing, and of supporting and caring for this creative community in its current, uncertain reality. I asked what people are doing, how they are feeling, how they are sparking creativity. It feels important to share what we do, when we can’t do all our doing.
Reaching out first to some of the talented people I’ve had the good fortune to profile though the Capitol Communicator portrait series. It’s my version of a virtual dinner table of sorts. Grab a chair and listen in to my conversation with Jon Leon, Senior Art Director at GKV.
Jon, what, if anything, are you doing differently?
Not much of anything different, we communicate a lot through apps like Slack and Wrike to get a lot of our work anyway, so it’s kinda business as unusual. I do find solace in digging into my work for sure.
Are you staying creatively active?
Yes, maybe not so much in the day to day work because the messaging has shifted for the meantime. But I’ve been taking several walks and leaning on shooting photography to get that creative release.
How are you sparking yourself creatively?
Well, one thing is, I’ve been watching a lot more movies/shows and paying attention to what the film industry is doing in regards to art and copy these days. For instance, just wrapped up a whole season of Ozark in one weekend! Love their coloring, scene framing and general overall storytelling. You should watch it.