Rick Griffith on why mentorship is crucial to design
This article was originally published by AIGA Colorado.
Rick Griffith is one of the most prominent names in Denver’s design community. Besides heading the renowned studio and type laboratory MATTER the past 16 years, he is the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of Denver, and President Emeritus for Colorado’s AIGA chapter. He has also spent nearly two decades teaching his craft to various colleges and universities in the Denver area.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have several mentors,” Griffith narrates. “Many, perhaps, unaware of the influence they’ve had on me.” In the video he explores the idea of mentorship and its importance in the career of design, all the while demonstrating a print process using traditional techniques.
“In some ways, the mentee is just as important as the mentor.”
About the Author: As former President of the student chapter at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, I now serve on the board of the Birmingham AIGA. I am involved with creating print and web campaigns to promote events happening with aiga.