Thank you for joining us today in The Blue Room at Crisp Marketing. This month we are hobnobbing with Andrew Gray, one of the star graphic designers in our Memphis office.
Good morning, Andrew! Welcome to the Blue Room! First, how long have you worked for Crisp, Andrew?
I came on board about 6 months ago.
Well, you look like you’ve settled in. What do you do in your role?
I design and code emails, layout web pages, design web banners and logos, and work with analytics tools.
That is tremendous. How are you known at work, when you’re not manipulating the code of the Matrix?
I’m usually quietly working on my stuff or making corny jokes; usually with puns of some kind.
Do you have any corny jokes for us today?
I can’t think of one now, but when I do it will be a-maize-ing.
What do you enjoy most about your current position? I enjoy the opportunity to learn new things every day.
How long have you lived in Memphis, and what are your favorite places around here?
I’ve lived in Memphis around nine years. My favorite place to do work on my laptop or grab coffee with friends is Muddy’s Coffee and Bake Shop in Midtown because it’s just around the corner from me and is awesome. I love walking around the neighborhood with my wonderful girlfriend, Melissa. Memphis Escape Rooms are really fun, and Overton Park is great.
What month and day is your birthday?
Well, Happy Birthday! What would be your ideal birthday celebration, no holds barred?
I would go hiking at a national park like Yosemite or Yellowstone with Melissa. My real plans are going to dinner with family, which will be fun.
Would you consider yourself right-brain or left-brain dominant and why?
I consider myself a ‘bit’ more logical. I like to know the facts about situations to make good decisions and solve problems. I love emotions too, but I probably spend more time trying to think objectively about situations than emotionally.
Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?
I had a part time job for a while delivering cupcakes (and other baked stuff).
What is your favorite movie and book?
My favorite movie(s) is the Lord of the Rings (all three together, back to back, extended editions). Hmm…For books, I have favorites in different genres. Fiction: Lord of the Rings. Self-Development: Boundaries. Biography: John Adams. Science: Programming the Universe.
Who are three famous people (living or dead) that you admire or relate to?
I admire John Adams, and Steve Jobs. I love Jesus.
Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work.
I do freelance graphic and web design on the side, so I usually have a couple of projects going that I’ll work on at a coffee shop after work or on the weekend. I love spending time with Melissa. I enjoy photography and shoot on vintage cameras and develop my own film. I also play guitar with friends sometimes.
Tell us a story about something cool you have done – a vacation, accomplishment, something like that.
I ran the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis last year and in the Chicago Marathon two years ago raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support all the great things they are doing for kids.
Describe your teenage self. What were you like as a teenager?
I was a loner and mysterious.
What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work?
I’m known more as a quiet, nice guy…who plays guitar, and does graphics stuff.
If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
I would hang out with Leonardo DaVinci. He seems smart and creative. I would like to see how he lived an average day.
What are a couple of life or career lessons that you have learned so far?
I’ve learned that setting goals and having a structured plan for my time is essential to getting important things done in my personal and work life. Still working on it, but I’m improving. Also, taking risks when going after your dreams is totally worth it.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself around others. Dream bigger. Budget your money.
What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
Enjoy the present, but the best is yet to come.