Welcome to our new series of posts called Speaker Spotlight, designed to highlight each of our upcoming CreativePro Conference speakers. We’ve assembled a dream team roster of Photoshop and Illustrator gurus, and thought you’d like get to know what makes them tick, why they’re passionate about what they do, and what you can expect to learn from them at the conference. (Our previous Speaker Spotlight was on Sharon Steuer.)
The subject of this Speaker Spotlight is Von Glitschka.
Von is an Illustrative Designer, Thinker, Speaker, Author, Creator of Branding, Icons, Lettering, Illustration, and Wit. A foodie, who loves Jesus and reading books, doing the full-tilt creative boogie out of his home studio in the land of Bigfoot (Salem, Oregon).
He’s a sucker for anything BBQ and if he had a Star Trek replicator, his wife and two girls would definitely be in trouble — the house would be filled to the rim with all things BBQ!
Von’s creative outlook and diverse range of illustrative design has been used by some of the most respected global brands, including Adobe, HGTV, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Pepsi, Disney, and Ogilvy & Mather.
His name is Von Glitschka but his friends call him Vonster!
The Von Glitschka File
Von’s favorite class in high-school was history…until senior year when the principal didn’t approve of how he manipulated his schedule to allow for all electives and tossed him unwillingly into an English Creative Writing class.
Once Von stopped complaining, he found that he actually loved the class. During the next few months, Von would weave together an interesting tale about a smart-mouthed alien creature, that crash-landed in the 1920’s. His spaceship beyond repair, he’s odd, he doesn’t fit in and has no where to go. Until a family of farmers stumble upon him and what do they do? Why, they take him in, of course, hide his spaceship in the attic and make him a part of the family. Sound familiar? Maybe a little bit like that furry rude dude better known as ALF? Von swears it pre-dates the NBC hit but who knows, maybe this alien was from the planet Melmac too!
Do you prefer pen and paper or keyboard? Pen and Paper, without a doubt.
Favorite subject in school: History and surprisingly English. That senior year creative writing class, sparked an interest that ran deep, that summer my friend, Tom, and I grabbed a 8mm camera, spent weeks creating props and paid Tom’s brother $5 to be the stunt man and ride his bike into a tree. It was the beginning of my infatuation with design and film (and design in film).
Favorite website: Futility Closet, especially the podcast. The website is a collection of entertaining curiosities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics, designed to help you waste time as enjoyably as possible.
Favorite movies: That’s easy … Alfred Hitchcock
Favorite TV shows: Currently addicted to Grimm and Fringe.
How many cell phones have you broken? Just 1! And, it wasn’t totally broken, it fell from my pocket as I was getting out of the cab, scraped the glass bad – highly irritating!
Ever worn sandals with socks? Yes. Daughters totally made fun of me. One daughter is a true fashionista and feels like it is her responsibility to tell me when I am dressing “stupid”.
Math is…the reason I wanted to go to art school.
At 6:00 a.m. I am usually: Sound asleep.
Something the readers wouldn’t know about you: I got to meet John Wayne in-person in a drug store when I was 10 years old. My mother stood flabbergasted as the legend asked us “How ’ya doin’?” dressed casually in shorts and t-shirt. We watched wistfully as he boarded the Wild Goose, his US Navy destroyer turned luxury yacht.
And, another fun fact that most people wouldn’t know about me is: I did a talk about stepping out of your comfort zone and my daughter decided that I should dress up in costume to take me out of my comfort zone – a few days later I was in front of the audience sporting a bunny get up.
Where you can find him: Depends on the day but you know you can always find him at this year’s CreativePro Conference, he has a two sessions: Making Iconic Logos: Design & Production and Inception: How Deep Embedding Helps Weave Together Illustrator and Photoshop. The logo session is for anyone and everyone involved in or interested in logos. The deep embedding session is for people already familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator. Von will demonstrate how this technique helps to control a range of ever-changing visual assets by containing them within one core master file to make collaboration and continuity of creative content easier. Von was forced to master this technique when he was hired to design an Skeetball game ios app when the iPhone was first released and looks forward to sharing this time-saving technique with the world.
Good Design Advice from the Vonster
Process makes perfect. If you do something over and over again and your methodology is flawed it just means you are reinforcing marginal results. Improving your process means you’ll perfect your results over time. So be your own worst critic, don’t settle for good enough because no one will ever care as much about your work as you do.
Where you can find Von on the Web
Social Profiles: Twitter at @vonster