Person of Interest: Ross Nover


Ross Nover is the co-founder of Friendly Design Co, a full-service design studio specializing in branding and interactive design and development. Find out what the startup entrepreneur is up to outside of DC’s growing tech community:

What’s a typical day for you?

canvasscoworkSet my alarm for 7:15. Hit snooze. Snooze again. Snooze. Snooze. Finally wake up at 8:15 and make some coffee. Then, a bike ride to the office at Canvas Co/Work in Dupont Circle.

Once at the office, it’s time for designing things. We often start with a traffic meeting, to figure out what projects everyone on the team is working on. After that, it’s a mixture of project managing, designing, and figuring out where Friendly Design Co is headed.

After work, often I go to yoga or exercise. It’s my best chance to clear my head and try to come up with new ideas.

After that, it’s time to make a comic. I used to be on a strict schedule of three-times-a-week, but I’ve fallen off the wagon. So now it’s more like “whenever I can get to it”, but a day doesn’t go by I don’t mean to sit down and write one.

What or who is your biggest influence?

Mainly my friends. I’m proud to be in a community with fellow artists, designers, illustrators, coders, performers, and entrepreneurs that inspire me to try new things.

What neighborhood do you live in?

Adams Morgan.adamsmorgan

What is your biggest DC pet peeve?

Housing prices.

Favorite music artist of all time?

beatlesJust one? Okay, fine. The Beatles. If I could only ever listen to one band, it’d be them.

Favorite DC haunt?

Bedrock Billiards. It’s in a basement and probably actually is haunted.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Sunday afternoons are for chores that have been put off all week. Then there’s the SUPER ART STREAM, a live drawing improv comedy show that some friends of mine all put on via YouTube. Sundays at 7pm! Sunday nights is a homegrown trivia night run by regulars that’s a lot of fun.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Probably San Francisco.sanfran

If you couldn’t be a designer, what would you be?

An animator.

Top three favorite movies?

emperorsPacific Rim, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Emperor’s New Groove.

Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to invite to a dinner party

The cast of Clone High.

Most embarrassing moment?

There was a time I was scratching my nose in 4th grade and a girl named Jennifer saw and thought I was picking my nose. Soon everyone heard I picked my nose and ate my boogers, and it stuck with me through middle school. Okay, I was actually picking my nose, but THEY DIDN’T NEED TO KNOW THAT.

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