CHRIS CHERRIE ’13
COMMUNICATION ARTS: ADVERTISING DESIGN
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I was attracted by the idea that I didn’t have to specify a major until junior year within the Communication Arts department. I felt that I could be in charge of my own education.
Your thesis project?
Developed as a solution to the problems articulated in my capstone thesis paper, “Fraternize” is a community of guys who like guys. They connect, learn, and explore manhood. This project encompasses a geosocial smartphone application and website to provide homosexual healthcare and lifestyle information. I am developing this project in partnership with VeryNice Design; we plan to have the first live site up soon. gofraternize.tumblr.com
Interesting things you did outside of school?
I had the joy of exploring L.A., and taking advantage of diverse cultural experiences. I can identify three events that were amazing— Coachella Music and Arts Festival, camping and hiking at Point Mugu State Park, and the Creative Arts
Most influential class?
Capstone, as I continue to put my research to good use.
Most influential faculty member?
Erin Hauber was right; the lessons didn’t hit me until a year later. I hated learning them but through her lessons, I’ve become a confident producer and designer of content. Ana Llorente clarified what it means to be a great designer; it’s putting things in simple terms, something others can absorb. That’s the difficult part.
Favorite place in L.A.?
Impact on your work/life?
For four years, Otis was my life. I think it would be impossible for anyone to attend Otis and do anything else because artists, designers, and writers are studying their passion.
Currently I am the Entrepreneur in Residence at VeryNice Design, where I am developing a socially innovative sexual health and lifestyle program for young guys who like guys. I work as a graphic designer and curatorial assistant at the Museum of Public Fiction. I plan to continue my multidisciplinary design practice in Toronto and Los Angeles.
Information/tips to share with future students?
Be open; you don’t know anything, so always ask questions.