March 6, 2009
Coty Gonzales interviews Josh Rittenhouse about his career as a graphic designer.
CG: What got you interested in t-shirt design and how long have you been doing it?
JR: Well, I pretty much came out of nowhere with all of this stuff. I picked up Photoshop one day and started trying to make cool stuff. This was all during the time in my life where I was looking to pick something up and run with it. Once I started doing this stuff, I found out it was fun and would be a good way to make a living. I have been designing stuff for almost 3 years, although I actually just started doing work for bands a few months ago.
CG: You seem to specialize in designing band shirts. Who are some of the bands that you have worked with?
JR: Working with bands is pretty exciting and rewarding. It rules seeing kids I know wearing a band shirt that I designed. Some of the bands I have worked with are: ABACABB, House vs. Hurricane, Broadcast the Nightmare, Circle of Contempt, After the Burial, We Came as Romans, and Armor for the Broken. As a designer, I am just trying to move forward and keep conquering larger obstacles. Like I said in the last question, I have only been doing band work for a few months so I am still building up an arsenal of bands to show off. I feel I have done pretty well in the months leading up to now, I am always just trying to progress and move forward!
CG: What bands are you currently into at the moment?
JR: Misery Signals, Hit the Lights, Verse, New Found Glory, First Blood, House vs. Hurricane, The Wonder Years, Suffokate, It Prevails, The Ghost Inside, The Maine, All Time Low, Fight Fair, Four Year Strong, Motionless in White, Set Your Goals, Forever The Sickest Kids. I could go on forever.
CG: Do you have any formal background in graphic design or are you a self-taught artist?
JR: I actually thought about going to school for graphic design, and decided against it. I currently go to school for Business Administration. I self-taught myself everything I know about designing, and I feel like I can continue doing that. I felt if I can conquer business and teach myself design that I would be way ahead of the game. I also handle all of the business aspects of a brand that I run with my boy Matt Lynn!
CG: Describe how you go about pitching yourself to a band. What is the band submission process usually like for you?
JR: In my opinion, this is probably the hardest thing to do. Bands are so tough to get a hold of, I spend most of my time trying to my work in the hands of the right people. I am starting to get the hang of it though. It’s really all about making relationships and talking to people. I am not going to explain who and how to get in contact, because I think you, as a designer, need to do your own research!
CG: Who are some other artists that you get inspiration from?
JR: Sandlin, Mattface, Gaunty, Herky, Fat Mouse, Glennz, and tons more.
CG: Outside of graphic design, what are some of your favorite things to do? Any other hobbies or interests?
JR: I dedicate a lot of my time to building up my brand, it is the probably the thing I look forward to most in the future. I spend a lot of time with Matt working on stuff. I also spend a lot of time with my wifey Samii; she rules! Check out Matt and My brand! It’s called Invincible, we are doing some awesome stuff coming! www.myspace.com/iclothing