Q&A With Michael Radliff, Our Graphic Design Intern
Michael Radliff, a graphic design student at Lane Community College, comes to Funk/Levis & Associates with a passion for solving problems and being creative. On top of being a skilled design student, he is also an accomplished guitarist. We sat down for a Q&A with Michael to discuss social media, Michael’s long term goals and, of course, music.
Question: Describe yourself in 3 words.
Michael Radliff: Determined, curious, observant
Q: If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
MR: At the moment, I would spend more time learning the skills I’ll need to be a successful graphic designer. As a non-traditional student, I feel like I need to make up for lost time. I would also spend more time on the creative activities I enjoy, like music, drawing, painting, or photography, and I would read and exercise more.
Q: If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make?
MR: A guitar or other instrument would be my first choice, but I could see myself really getting into furniture design.
Q: What is your favorite social media platform and why?
MR: Instagram. I like that it is strongly image based. I often get on Instagram for design inspiration. I’m not sure if it’s considered a social media platform, but I also like Pinterest for the same reason.
Q: What is your greatest fear?
MR: I’m afraid of letting down the people I love and respect. I’m also afraid of unrealized or squandered potential in the different aspects of life. I hope I can take an honest assessment of my life someday and be proud of who I am and what I’ve done with my life.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
MR: One thing that comes to mind is something my parents wrote to me in a letter after I graduated high school. They said to not do anything that takes away from my self-respect. That really stuck with me over the years and informed countless decisions, I’m sure.
Q: What stat for your life would you most like to see?
MR: I would love to see how many hours I’ve spent practicing and playing the guitar over the past 20+ years.
Q: If you didn’t work in graphic design, what job would you have?
MR: If I hadn’t decided to go back to school for graphic design, I would probably still be focusing on teaching music and performing. Or, I might be doing something in psychology or sociology. I’m fascinated by the brain and how we experience the world.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MR: My wife and I really love the Northwest, so I’ll likely be in Eugene still trying to improve as a designer, musician and person.