Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Employee Spotlight: Michael Hanlon

Today we look at graphic designer and artist extraordinaire Michael Hanlon in the 2nd installment in our series of staff profiles. Please read more about what inspires Michael below:

Your favorite part of working at Detroit Wallpaper Company?
"The staff here. Everyone here is amazing and they're all like family to me."

Your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
"Sushi from Holiday Market or Little Tree in Royal Oak."

Last Book You Read?
"I wrapped up Mortality by Christopher Hitchens and a re-read of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy around the same time. Blood Meridian is definitely that book that I'm trying to push on everyone I know."

3 Favorite Movie(s)?
"The Passenger by Michelangelo Antonioni, Suspiria by Dario Argento and probably David Lynch's Elephant Man"

Last 5 Songs played on your computer or Ipod?
Windshield Smasher - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Disorder - Joy Division
Nightcall - Kavinsky
Suffragette City - David Bowie
Sweet Nothing - The Velvet Underground

One item you cant do without at work?
"A grid style notepad. I have built an unhealthy obsession with using them to organize thoughts. I'm not sure I could make it a day without it."

Coffee, tea or soda?
"Coffee in the morning, Soda in the afternoon and tea in the evening."

What are you going to do with your next day off?
"I'm going to spend it drawing pictures with my son, doing my taxes and staying up late watching terrible movies with my girl."

"Not a one so far, but I have a couple ideas. It's never too late, right?"

Do You believe in ghosts?
"I Don't know if I can answer that. I don't know if I've ever seen one, but I think it's kinda foolish to assume they can't exist."

What's in your bag / purse?
"An iPad, a smattering of pens and pencils, A biography on Truffaut, a planner, a sketchbook and a Molskine notebook."

Favorite Project You Ever Worked on Here?
"Really, I think my favorite project has been helping grow Detroit Wallpaper Company, itself. I love being a part of something that is so new and exciting and I love watching it snowball into something so amazing."

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
"Hmm... I would love to be able to fly around like Superman or something. I would totally never drive a car again if I could fly."

Artist who inspires you?
"David Lynch for sure. His paintings, photos, films..a and his process for conceptualizing his stuff. Just about everything he touches is beautiful and maintains integrity. The man has compromised very little in the effort of making sure his work stays true."

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