We are excited to have Marcus Anthony Macleod, currently a student in the Art Institute of Portland Graphic & Web Design program, join the Combustible Media team for eight weeks this summer!  Having just completed a class in Publication Design and previous classes in graphic design, we are anxious to give him real world exposure to the variety of projects, challenges, deadlines and the fun our team has along the way as we support our Portland and Denver clients!      

We chatted with Marcus during his first week at Combustible Media and thought we’d share some of his perspectives with you ...

Where are you originally from?
I’m from a suburb of Pittsburg Pennsylvania. I moved to DC and was there about a year and I hated it, but I didn’t know where else to move. My friends said, “you are weird! you should move to Portland! You will really like it.” So I moved! I didn’t visit, didn’t research, just transfered my job from Apple!

What kind of classes do you take at the Art Institute of Portland?
Pretty much all of my classes are project based classes, but I also take some electives which are usually either science or art history classes. My favorite class so far is Publication Design, which I just finished.

What is your major?
Graphic and Web Design.

Why did you become a designer?
Partially because I love art, but I also like creating things from nothing, and I really love computers. Graphic design was a nice mix of all of that.

Favorite thing about Portland?
I think Portland is really easy to get around in, even by car. The public transit they have here is the best I have ever experienced.

I like everything from classical to hip hop to 90s R&B. I listen to a lot of rock, but mostly pop, and sometimes I even find myself listening to music from a gay dance club!

Lately I have been watching all of the comic book movies, like the Marvel and DC films.

Fun Fact?
I was in the Navy for a day and a half!

What have you designed that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of my most recent project, a body positive men’s fashion magazine.

It’s only been a few days, but we are already wondering why we haven’t had an intern in our office before this … it is working out to be a great experience for all of us!