The Creative Unconscious: What's your name and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Matthew Mehi: Captain Matthew Mehi... I'm the captain of the company bowling team and I may have let it go to my head. I'm a designer at Deep Focus.
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
MM: I have a cat that I pet a lot. I draw a lot through out the day and I've become very interested in graffiti and tagging since I've moved to New York. I bought a few paint markers and have been drawing a lot of letters and stuff like that. I've been trying to get more into woodworking and more specifically joinery. I want to make more short films and music and restore my craigslist road bike and climb and travel and print more and everything. I guess what motivates me most is the fact that I know I wont be able to do everything.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
MM: I think everyone has this problem. At the same time, most of the inspiration for random things I want to do come to me while I'm at work. Being so invested in my job leaves me little free time, but this creates these small quick projects that I don't overthink. I feel like without professional work taking up a large amount of my time I would become overwhelmed with the guilt of not always creating, that I wouldn't make anything good. So instead of feeling like everything I make isn't good enough, now every tiny thing I make outside of work is a huge accomplishment.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
MM: Early morning definitely. When nobody is at work and I can just sit at my desk and mess around. The times I'm most productive vary based on how clear my tasks are. If I'm just meandering around I won't do anything, but if i have a list and a clear end goal it's game over.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
MM: Build furniture. Also, Ive gathered a few work friends together in order to create a secret anonymous magazine that highlights the creative passions of my coworkers by challenging them to create something based on a theme. It's still in the works so I don't have anymore information on that.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
MM: I've created... I guess its a blog... called Lazy Lexicon where each week I choose a random word and ask everyone at work to create something using that word. My end goal is to create a poster series of all the work for everyone in the office to enjoy. As you can tell, where I work weighs heavily on my extracurricular activities. My inspiration for this specific project was the Raygun52 project which is awesome and everyone should check it out. I have no creative process at all. I float along in my brain and I think of something I want to do and I either do it or I forget to. If I try to come up with a concept or project I usually wont.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
MM: I am terrible at bowling and I have a largely ignorant love of space and space travel.