Recently, the editor of POST Magazine, Amy Metcalfe, asked Jeremy questions for the Contributor page of the upcoming March/April issue. The following is the longer form Q&A:
What time of day do you best work/are you sharpest?
I have always done my best work at night. It’s one part ritual, one part poor time management. I have a hard time separating myself from the mechanics of business — the meetings, phone calls, emails, texts, and the countless needs that pop up throughout the daylight hours. At night (and we’re talking late — after the kids are tucked in and I catch up with my wife), I relish the uninterrupted time with my headphones, my thoughts, and the MacBook Pro that helps me gather and synthesize ideas into something that hopefully is engaging.
Is there a designer/artist/musician/writer that you are consistently inspired by?
There’s so many ways to answer this. Inspiration is everywhere. But music is a constant source of inspiration for me despite my muse being more visual in nature.
I’ve been a David Bowie fan since I was about 13 years-old. When he passed away in January, I joined the rest of the planet as we all reflected on the artist that was Bowie. I found his ability to reinvent himself to express his ideas and to stay relevant inspiring. And Bowie always fully committed to his concepts and sold them through his razor sharp vocal talent, dramatic performances, and attention to detail. He strove for extraordinary and achieved it several times throughout a career spanning five decades. That’s pretty motivating.
Do you ever bounce your designs off of your kids?
When my business partners and I opened Truth Collective in mid-2013, my kids became hyper-aware of the work I was doing and the journey that, frankly, we were all on to start a company from scratch. As they have gotten older (Theo, 11 and Noah, 9), and the company approaches its third year in business, their interest seems to be growing and their creative instincts continue to sharpen.
Yes, I’ve started to bounce ideas and designs off of them, especially if the work is intended to resonate with younger audiences. The boys are pretty in-tune with pop culture so they call me out if something doesn’t seem authentic to them. I legitimately want to hear their thoughts and it has come in handy recently — we’re developing some sports gaming app work that has some aggressive, sports-oriented slang driven headlines. I knew we were nailing the voice when my boys gave me props. It was nice to not feel like their old man for a few seconds.