When I was a kid I wanted to be an architect or an artist. Those were my childhood professional dreams. As I grew into my teens inspired by the brit pop music scene, I bought the CDs, all the LPs, and the EPs. I loved the music. But there was also the artwork. Peter Saville, Mark Farrow, Stanley Donwood, Peter Doig and Brian Cannon became heroes. Also at the time I would buy the magazines that featured articles on my favorite musicians. Magazines like David Carson’s Ray Gun, Q and The Face were my go-tos. I wish I had those issues because they’re worth something now.
I became facisinated by the relationship of image and text, color, space and contrast of forms.
In 1999 after spending a year at University learning fine art and art history. I applied to become a student at The Ontario Collage of Art and Design. It was there I completed my formal education as an Editorial Graphic Designer.
Following I interned at Toronto Life Fashion Magazine. Using QuarkXPress, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. All the while getting educated by art, design and fashion exhibitions.
An official Graphic Design job was hard to come by in those days. And I ended up working at Aboveground Art Supplies for a handful of years. At which I learned a great deal from local artists about techniques, materials and color.
In time I left the art supply shop. And after a US immigration snaffu I worked odd jobs. One summer I was installing a new roof on my grandparent’s house and an old friend stopped in for lunch. He had become a "web designer" in recent years. He said he had more than enough work and wondered if I had interest in lending a hand? That lunch changed my life’s tradjectory. I spent the next decade learning about the web and designing for it.
Since then I’ve lived on both the West and East Coast of The United States. Worked at rather influential boutique design studios and in 2013 founded Never Better, LLC. It is named after something my grandfather used to often say when asked how he was doing.
I’m now in my mid-40s and live outside of Philadelphia, PA. with my daughter.
To me it feels like my formal training as an Editorial Designer has come full-circle. Designing for devices has come a long way from when I started. The gap between elegant editorial layouts and what is possible on the web has narrowed. I pursue meaningful work reaching for that passion I felt looking at those albums and magazines. I wish to spend my time inspired by my subject matter. Contributing to the world becoming better. Leaving it a more sophisticated and thoughtful place for my generation and those to come.
If you would like to work together, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me and we can find a day/time that works for both of us to get to know eachother.
– Drew Warkentin, Graphic Designer
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