NaNoWriMo and YWP 2012 shirts, posters, and other goodies are now available, and are pretty spectacular. We have to tip our hats to Nic Buron, who was the man behind much of the design goodness on display. We sat him down for one of the OLL’s typically hard-hitting, in-depth interviews.
Read on to find out what inspired Nic while designing for NaNoWriMo, how the Big Bang plays into his future novel plans, and his ongoing relationship with Taylor Swift:
Nicky B. Let’s talk about your design influences. Be as pretentious as possible.
Don’t dare me! The list of influences is very long. The Internet, in all of its glory, has been an amazing tool for me to connect with working designers all around the world. For this project one of my major influences was the aesthetic of the old UPA cartoons.
I owe so much to those who have come before me, and especially to the people making work now. I’m endlessly impressed by my peers (it feels weird even calling them peers).
You designed the NaNo poster, the YWP poster, the buttons, stickers, our t-shirts…I know they’re all your kids, but let’s be real, parents have favorites. Which is yours and why?
That is a tough one. For me it’s between the buttons and the stickers. I’m an avid button maker, as you know [EDITOR’S NOTE: Fun fact, I have a Nic Buron button with Timbo Slice written across it]. But, like all parents I have a clear favorite—the stickers.
You are making your own Venn diagram. What three things intersect in order to perfectly encapsulate you?
Pizza, magazines, and North Indian classical music.
Of the many things listed on our YWP Brain, which would you say occupies the most brainspace for you:
- Dragon Eggs
- Plucky Orphans
- Mischievous Giraffes
Definitely Mischievous Giraffes!
If you ever took the plunge and wrote your own novel, where would the big climactic moment take place? Explain yourself.
The climatic moment would take place 14 billion years in the past, at the edge of our perceivable universe, moments before the monolith that formed said universe was splintered by the big bang—forming all that we know and will ever know.
That, or a hot air balloon fight above the Golden Gate Bridge.
Please tell your Taylor Swift story.
I’m tempted to plead the fifth, but instead I’ll keep it vague (what happened will stay between Taylor and I).
We met, and she made me blush in front of a crowd of 5,000 people. Side note: my favorite song for about the past 3 months has been “Safe and Sound” from the Hunger Games soundtrack. Seriously, it’s amazing.