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Written by Jamie Wetherbe

This Just Got Personal: Meet Sports Brand Designer Dominic Marchese

ArtCenter: What are you working on right now?

Dominic Marchese (BFA 13 Graphic Design) Global Brand Designer, Adidas: Setting the creative direction for NFL and baseball. We have concepts and campaigns that have been going on the last couple years tied to product and footwear.

Dominic Marchese (BFA 13 Graphic Design)

AC: What kind of shoes are you wearing?

DM: Gazelles. Usually I wear Ultraboosts. The Yeezys and hype shoes are harder to come by, even as an employee.

AC: If you could trade jobs with anyone for a day who would it be?

DM: Kobe Bryant.

AC: What’s the first site you look at when you open your computer in the morning?

DM: Reddit or ESPN.

AC: What’s the design cliché you’re most tempted to use?

DM: Keep it simple.

Think about what you really want to want to do, and dive into what makes you happy.

Dominic Marchese (BFA 13 Graphic Design)

AC: How do you define success?

DM: I think everyone’s success is personal. Doing what you want and being happy doing it is successful in my book.

AC: What book is on your bedside table?

DM: How to Fix Back Pain.

AC: Do you have any superstitions?

DM: I still try not to walk over cracks for some reason. I don’t like even numbers either. I was born on an odd year, and all my good years are on odd years.

AC: Where do you go (online or offline) when you’re taking a break?

DM: Record shops, online and offline. I think records are tangible graphic design that’s still relevant today. The use of photography and type or a rad illustration is the only thing a record is. I’m killing two birds with one stone if I just sit in a record store for a few hours and look at some well-designed records, plus I find some music at the same time.

Dominic Marchese (BFA 13 Graphic Design)

AC: Who are the most interesting designers working today?

DM: Steven Harrington, Patrick Thomas, Stephen Powers, Hort Design aka Eike Konig, Actual Source out of Utah, Sneeze Magazine. Ed Ruscha and Mark Rothko are also big influences on me. I like a lot of art in general; and photography plays a big role in what I’m into as well. I have to pay attention to a lot of outlets at work: fashion, photographers, artists, magazines, and just people who are doing rad stuff. It keeps me relevant at the job. This list is endless if I really think about it.

AC: What’s the one tool you can’t do without?

DM: My turntables.

AC: What’s your most prized possession?

DM: I have this hand built-mixer for playing records that took a few jobs to afford.

Dominic Marchese

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AC: Where is your happy place?

DM: With all my friends in one space and some loud music.

AC: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

DM: Never sleep.

AC: How would your closest friend describe you?

DM: A good, funny guy to have in the house. Musically inclined, I would hope. A good designer, I would hope.

AC: What’s your best piece of advice for an ArtCenter student who’s interested in following your career path?

DM: Think about what you really want to want to do, and dive into what makes you happy. If you can find the work, product or thing that grabs you, find a job that solely does that. And get out of L.A. for a little bit — that always sets things in perspective.

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