This Monday’s Member is Korey Clements. Follow him on Twitter and view his portfolio site. Also, connect with him on LinkedIn.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
I am a coffee powered, problem solving, foodie, geek who enjoys helping people.
Where did you go to school?
Ball State University (2006-2011). Major in Visual Communications / Minor in Fine Arts.
Favorite program/tools to use for designing?
Sketch, Invision, Adobe Illustrator, Pen and Paper.
Not technically in the world of “graphic design” but Stan Lee. He was able to reach million of kids and adults through the decades with the power of design and story telling. I was greatly influenced as a child by comics and cartoons to become an artist which led me down the path of graphic design.
In the world of design, Johnny Cupcakes. His path to where he is now, his attention to detail for his shop, and just how down to earth he is. I love his illustration style and how creative him and his team are.
And finally Aaron Draplin. Another down to earth designer, who does good work for good people. his process for building brands is straight forward and his brands while they appear simple, have so much soul and thoughtful design in them.
Favorite thing to do outside of work?
Balance of home projects, cooking, entertaining friends and family!
Favorite place in Indy?
My wife and I actually enjoy getting lost driving around or biking in a direction we have never been to discover new places. In doing so, we discovered one our our favorite places: Daniel’s Vineyard.
How and why did you get involved with AIGA? Approximately how long have you been involved with the organization?
Joined AIGA, first at Ball State (2008) due to encouragement from Fred Bower, who I learned much about the craft. It was painful to hear of his passing. I joined mainly to get to learn more about design as a whole, meet new people from other classes that I have not seen before, and be a part of a design community for the first time.
Rejoined as a Board Member in 2014 ish, to help with the Kickball League as the commissioner. Soon afterwards, I took the role of Director of Communications for 3 years. I was able to help build the team, spread news and information to the AIGA community, and help create new events with the rest of the awesome AIGA Board.
What are you currently working on?
Full time, I work as a Senior UI Designer at Eli Lilly working on Mobile Medical Applications. (But it’s super hush hush). What I can say though, I focus on building scalable design systems for multiple applications and giving our users the best and impactful experience to help them manage their life with Diabetes.
In my spare spare spare time, I created my own business last year Korey Clements Design, and work on a multitude of projects: branding, t-shirt designs, UX/UI web and mobile application designs, etc. Any problem that I feel I can find a great solution for, I will take a crack at it.
Any projects you want to highlight?
It may not be recent, but it’s a passion project that I am thankful I was able to help create. ZombieTown was a brain child event that came from working at DeveloperTown and local partners. The link was some branding design collateral that created a feeling of a private event just for the kids.
We hosted an event for Dream Alive. A non-profit focused on mentoring at-risk youth in 7th-12th grade to become civic-minded leaders. DREAM Alive helps break the cycle of poverty by helping youth discover career paths and mentoring them from 7th grade until high school graduation.
Teaming up with volunteers at DeveloperTown and one of the founding partners Mike Kelly, we created an event to give these students a yearly Halloween themed event for them to enjoy in a safe environment. Local entertainment, food vendors, and the DeveloperTown employees helped give the Dream Alive students a trick-or-treating evening just for themselves.
On the other side, Mike Kelly partnered with other tech leaders in the community and created sponsorship program that over the course of 4 years, helped raise over $50,000 for the Dream Alive program.