Introducing Ethan Nguyen, GB’s New Senior Art Director
Meet Ethan Nguyen, Grady Britton’s new Senior Art Director. Ethan recently moved to Portland from Austin, Texas. Perhaps to determine which city really is weirder? Or perhaps just to bring his skills and experience as a UX/UI, interactive art direction, branding and print design to the northwest. Either way we’re glad he’s here.
Ethan’s multi-disciplinary design perspective has produced impactful work for clients including Best Buy, T-Mobile and American Airlines. His specialty is creating and nurturing thought provoking concepts and ideas that go beyond expectations and capture the imagination.
You can find out more about Ethan’s experience and expertise on his LinkedIn page, of course. And instead of using this space to further detail his achievements, we thought we could provide you with a unique portrait of Ethan by asking him ten questions he hasn’t had the opportunity to answer before:
GRADY BRITTON: What drew you to Grady Britton?
ETHAN NGUYEN: I came for the Smith Tea but stayed for the people, clients and values. (Editor’s note: Smith Tea is across the street from GB. We’re all big fans.) Everyone at GB is super friendly, positive and rocks at what they do. It’s great to come in to work and be a part of all these brands that make a difference in the local community. And at the end of the day, you leave feeling appreciated for your work and really valued as a teammate.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2017?
I recently became a homeowner so this year I’m all about acquiring new handyman skills and learning everything about landscaping.
What is your favorite Portland hangout?
I love flippin’ through records and a couple of my favorite vinyl shops are Little Axe and Music Millennium.
What is your greatest irrational fear?
Ghosts and clowns when I’m alone in the dark—too many Goosebumps and Stephen King books growing up. Doesn’t help that I’m addicted to horror movies.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m pretty good at bowling, ping pong, foosball and pool. All the sports that don’t matter. I also like to dance after a few drinks.
What are you currently binge-watching?
Just waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My camera because it helps me to slow down and see life as totally unique, individual and beautiful moments.
Describe your 80 yr old self. Where will you be? What will you be doing?
I would be living in a small cottage on the cliffside of Scotland. Either making scotch or drinking it. Pretty much like Ron Swanson at the end of Parks and Rec.
What gets you up in the morning? Or what keeps you up at night?
All those damn ghosts and clowns.
What is your favorite type of food or dish?
I used to hate Vietnamese food growing up but now it’s my go-to comfort food. One of my favorite dishes is a noodle soup called Bun Bo Hue. It’s the next level up from Pho.
What is your favorite beverage?
A peaty 12-18yr old scotch, neat obviously.