William has worked on a variety of visual communication projects for both public and private organizations. He has worked in all capacities of the graphic design industry from typesetting at the local newspaper to being the creative director for national campaigns.
William is currently the Online Director in the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University. In his current capacity, he manages the organization and quality of the online class content for the Graphic Design Department. He also initiates and oversees the curriculum development and improvement activities, including multiple course revision and rebuilds, curriculum review and new course development. Additionally, William facilitates learning and skills acquisition in graduate level thesis development courses using teaching strategies appropriate to the course delivery modes of online learning technology. Prior to arriving at Academy of Art University in 2012, William has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Arizona University and Ferris State University.
At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to become an artist? Did the realization emerge slowly?
I believe my interest in art and design was always around and I remember drawing from an early age. I took the typical artist route and was fortunate to have access to a variety of fine art classes in high school, which fostered and finalized my choices for what I would pursue in college. In my undergraduate education, I originally studied architecture before switching over to fine art and design.
How did you evolve your style and favorite mediums?
My style has always been a mixed medium of analog and digital. I often like to combine a variety of elements and mediums into my work. As an observational interpreter, my role is to share and create discourse through my visual observations. I'm interested in the interaction between descriptive observations and its visual representation through typography. Recently, I have been exploring digital interactions and how augmented reality can foster interactions and another layer of visual interest.
What are your time management techniques? Do you have regular working hours...or favorite times to work?
Ahh, I tend to work at all times of the day and night, when I'm in the heat of a project or deadline, I push myself to complete projects (sometimes late into the night) Typically, I do my best work and thinking in the morning.
Do you work on more than one piece at a time, or primarily just on one?
I typically try and focus on one project at a time, it allows a stronger focus, connection and concept. I have found if there are too many projects happening at the same time, individual projects do not get the complete focus and attention they need.
What would you say is your biggest influence--that which keeps you working, regardless of all else, your most steadfast motivation?
Creative individuals are always driven to work. As an observational interpreter, my role is to share and create discourse through my visual observations. I’m interested in the interaction between descriptive observations and its visual representation through typography. It’s my hope, that others will become more conscious and aware of their surroundings through my lens of detailed observations and willingness to share what I see, with others. Along with sharing my visual observations, I am fascinated how others see the visual world.
Does trying something new and not knowing the rules -- the boundary pushing -- create anxiety or excitement in you? (Or both?)
Always excitement, but some anxiety with not knowing how something new will turn out or how long a new process might take. Without risk and trying something new, boundaries can not be pushed.
Do you enjoy having the "duality of both chaos and control" or are you happiest with a set plan?
With my artistic work, I have always embraced and welcomed chaos and control. I found working with a plan or exact process is efficient and yields predictable results, but, it does leave little opportunities for exploration or those happy accidents that can not be planned.
Do you have any projects or events forthcoming?
My primary work focuses on sparking urban revitalization efforts and engaging the general public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods. I'm focusing on a current project called Grafik Archistruct which uses Google Street View to discover, identify, and bring awareness to urban decay that is occurring in rural towns across America. My forthcoming plans include combining print media and augmented reality to enhance and engage the audience in an interactive presentation of urban decay.
More information about William: www.williamculpepper.com
More information about Grafik Archistruct: www.williamculpepper.com/artist/photography-grafik-archistruct.html
Grafik Archistruct on Instagram: www.instagram.com/grafikarchistruct
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