Chicago. Easily. By Far. The food, the people, the art, the community, the culture, all amazing. However, I don’t miss the parking tickets.
What’s your favorite room in your home?
I would have to say the kitchen. I love food and I love cooking with my wife.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Life. Music. Art. Books.
What do you drive?
A motorcycle. currently an older Honda (which is a work in progress). My dream is to own an old BSA or Triumph.
What one item do you wish you owned?
An old BSA or Triumph. ha. aside from that I would love to own a Vandercook Universal IV letterpress.
What are your interests outside of design?
My family—my wife and two small boys. Motorcycles. Travel.
Who are your design icons?
I’ve always been inspired by the avant garde movements of the early 20th century (the Bauhaus, Dada, Russian Constructivism, de Stijl, etc). El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters, Theo Van Doesburg, Piet Zwart, László Moholy-Nagy, as well as the folks they paved the way for: Armin Hofmann, Emil Ruder, et al.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Hmmmm. The alphabet. Written language. It has the ability to be a physical vehicle for countless languages allowing people to communicate to one another without requiring the two to be in the same place at the same time.
Form vs. function?
Yes please? I guess this depends on what I am working on, but a good relationship between the two never hurt anyone. A spoon with a hole in the middle of it isn’t good for eating soup however cool it looks.
What is your personal decorating style?
Eclectic? Maybe there is no real style. I like things with character that tell a story through the dings they’ve picked up over the years or flaws through the process of making it.
What’s your favorite possession?
Prints/art I’ve received from family, friends and other printers. I have a growing collection and each piece reminds of the person I received it from.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking the long way home.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Work hard doing what you love and don’t worry about what other people are doing. Do it because you are passionate about it, not others. Also, don’t wait or look for permission, try it and don’t worry about failing.
To see all of Dan’s current works for CB2, go here.