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Sometimes you just unintentionally stumble across a bit of destiny. That’s what James Thomas Fields did when he discovered the Creative Invite to design for adidas Originals. Not only did he find the CI, but he entered and is one of the winners.
A student, a designer, a circuit bender and owner of the website GlitchsScience.com, he tries to incorporate the same experimental designs in his art that he does in his electronics mods. On his site, he hopes to soon offer resources for folks that are into circuit bending and electronic mods on different synths and drum machines, like a Roland MC-505.
He’s also had photos of his featured on bottles of Jones Soda. Pretty cool, that.
Though James still sees opportunity in freelance designing, his first love is the technology that lies behind the ability to create art and music electronically. We had the chance to chat about his recent win of the Adidas CI.
TH: Introduce yourself a bit.
James: My name is James Thomas Fields III. I am from Ohio. I am currently an undergraduate student attending Miami University in Oxford, OH. I am majoring in Computer Science. I also work as a self-employed electronics technician.
TH: How did you hear about this particular Creative Invite?
James: I browse all around the internet and somehow I managed to find Talenthouse.com. I then was browsing the site and found out about the Adidas Creative Invite.
TH: What got you to participate?
James: I had the summer off from college and I like to create and design digital art in my spare time. I often do graphic design work as a sort of hobby. My original college major was actually graphic design, but I decided to change it as I found myself wanting to know more and more about the technology behind it all. I still have a passion for design, but I really love programming as well and plan to mix the two together.
TH: What is the story of the design? What do you want to communicate with it?
I would communicate that science is awesome
James: I have been creating a lot of geometric black and white vector art which often has a sort of optical illusion effect to it. The design I created follows along the same lines as the experimental designs I’ve been doing lately. I thought the design might look cool on a pair of sunglasses so I went with it. If I could communicate anything with this design, I would communicate that science is awesome, but I’m not sure I can actually communicate that with this design itself. Oh well.
TH: How would winning change your life or career?
James: My initial thought is that winning is a good addition to my portfolio/resume. I am not entirely sure where I am headed career wise I think it would be cool to be able to combine my design skills with my technical skills as part of my career though. I think both creativity and imagination are important within just about every career field there is, at least in some form or another.
The exposure might get the glitchscience.com facebook page and twitter page a couple new followers haha. The actual website is still currently in development though. I am always open to freelance work as well, who knows maybe more freelance opportunities might arise. Either way, winning is pretty awesome.