Person of Interest: Joe Ski

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Joe Ski is a freelance Motion Graphics Designer that has called DC home for the past 8 years. He specializes in using motion graphics to tell the story of brands and products in powerful ways. Find out what he’s up to in the city:

What’s a typical day for you?

I usually wake up at 6am and make my 2 yr old son breakfast. Then it’s time to play and drink coffee until I take him to daycare, around 7:30am. I then shower and pour a second cup of coffee before making my way into my home office. From there it’s email, surfing, and mostly work until about 5:15pm before spending time with the family and having dinner. I tend to work on a wide range of motion graphics projects, so there’s always some variety each day.

What or who is your biggest influence?internet

I’d have to say the internet is my biggest influence. There are so many talented people online making amazing things and many take the time to freely share their ideas and techniques.

What neighborhood do you live in?

Manor Park in NorthWest DC. It’s north of Petworth and south of Takoma Park. We moved here a few years ago after finding out that we were expecting a child. We love it, very quiet and residential. We even have a fenced in yard and a garage! Before that we lived in Adams Morgan.

What is your biggest DC pet peeve?

bruceThe recent rise in gun related violence in all parts of DC. Potholes would be next.

Favorite music artist of all time?

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Favorite DC haunt?

Founding Farmers for both food and cocktails, but we haven’t been getting out as much as we’d like these days.foundingfarmers2

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

Playing a round of golf with my wife and friends followed up with some cold beverages.

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

I think Maui would be fun for a few years, then maybe somewhere in the mountains.

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

If I wasn’t a designer, which is hard to imagine, I’d probably be interested in a job that required more time spent outdoors.

Top three favorite movies?

forrestgumpGoodfellas, Forrest Gump, and Pulp Fiction.

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

Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Robin Williams, my Grandfather, and my wife.

Most embarrassing moment?

When I was a sophomore in High School, I finally built up the courage to go up and talk to a girl I had a crush on. Immediately afterwards I see my buddy and he is quick to point out that I desperately needed to wipe my nose… yikes.

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