Our team is growing! Graham Fisher is a rockstar and an up and comer in the Columbus Advertising field. Working closely with local retail brands, Graham has cut his teeth on design and art direction. CivitasNow is extremely grateful to welcome Graham this summer!
1. Where do you attend college and what is your major?
I'm currently enrolled at the Columbus College of Art & Design, majoring in Advertising & Graphic Design. Through High School at Fort Hayes, and my first two years at CCAD, I was a Fashion Design major, until I found that I was much more passionate about advertising. I haven't looked back since.
2. Where do you call home?
Columbus always has, and always will be my home. I grew up in Clintonville and I have always been passionate about my city. Columbus is an incredible place to live and it has everything I could ever need. It's a great time to be living here in downtown. It is incredibly affordable compared to most major cities and its exciting to witness and be apart of all the changes that are happening here. I know if I moved anywhere else, I would just be fawning for Columbus.
3. Why on Earth are you working with CivitasNow?
When I was looking for Ad Companies to intern for, I initially wanted to be at a big, major local firm. I interviewed with a few and got a feel for what they do but I felt it wasn't what I was looking for right now. I feel that at CivitasNow, I can really make a difference and be a part of the strategy and creative process. I'm excited to get my hands dirty and learn as much as I can.
4. Why are you interested in advertising and sustainability?
What I love about advertising is the ability to communicate and convey a message in such an abstract way. I love how much thought and time is put into a great ad, and creating a message that is so simple and basic that it feels like air. The best ads are quick, yet so complex in an incredibly simple way.
I'm interested in sustainability because so often there is excess where there doesn't need to be. Sometimes I see packaging that is so excessive and wasteful when it could be so simple and elegant. I think sustainability is an important aspect in all of design. In the long run, the best solutions are ones that last.
43. If you were given a free full-page ad in the newspaper and had to
sell yourself in six words or less, how would the ad read?
Stay Humble. Stay Hungry. Stay Positive.
5. What two weapons would you bring to a zombie apocalypse?
Tough question. If I had to choose, it would be my Warhammer (which doubles as my home protection weapon). It has a hammer on one side, a pick on the other, and at the end is a sharp point. My other weapon would have to be machete; short enough for close fighting, easy to maintain and created for slashing stuff up!
6. What movie character do you think you are?
I would love to say any character Ryan Gosling plays, but thats more of who I would like to think I am rather than who I really am. haha
7. What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given and who gave it to you?
Artie Isaac, my marketing teacher, taught me to balance your time and treat sleep as a priority. You need to prioritize what you do with the 24 hours of your day. I always put sleep as a priority because I don't do my best work when i'm tired, and I know that if I don't get enough rest, it will ruin the next day for me. All-nighters shouldn't happen if you manage your time correctly.
8. What are your plans for after graduation?
I hope to get a full time job working for an Ad agency. I am passionate about strategizing, branding, and creating solutions rather than being a designer. I love design, but I want to focus my career on the conceptual side of things. I also hope to own my own business someday.