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    My name is Adam Frederick Woods ... and I am an artist. I won a college scholarship 20 years ago for my paintings when I was 17, and I never took my SAT's ... I just went on to sample all the local schools in Tucson. My parents are old time Tucson artists, and I ended up graduating from both Pima and the University of Arizona, with my BFA. I moved from Tucson to New York, and had rare Photoshop skills in 1995. Ended up getting a job at Playboy as a Designer when I was like 26. From there I went on to work for an advertising agency and became a Studio Manager for Frierson Mee (loved working for John and Heather ... Neil Kraft ... we kinda clashed). I was there when he overuled everyone for the shape of the VOSS bottle. Everyone else was concerned that it wouldn't pour well. It's really WAY overpriced. That was the business plan. Sell water to idiots in a cool looking bottle.

    Went into art direction for a big publisher (RBI) after that, and eventually grad school at NYU ... it's an MS. "Digital Imaging and Design".

    Now I teach ... and I love it. My students do nice work too.

    So .... hello.
    Last edited by AFWoods; 05-11-2007, 12:56 AM.

  • #2

    feel free to showcase any pb work...
    The beginning is always today.


    • #3
      welcome to GDF, Adam!
      "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot


      • #4
        Welcome aboard, AFWoods! Sounds like you'll have a lot to share with us!
        Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me.



        • #5
          Welcome to the Forum!


          • #6
            Welcome, Newb.
            Ned Yeung, A.C.E.


            • #7
              Oh hello. Working for Playboy must have been fun.
              It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh


              • #8
                Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me.



                • #9
                  Welcome to the forum.
                  Let me see you make decisions without your televisions.

                  N.A.N.K.A. "We Kick Because We Care."


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by budafist
                    Oh hello. Working for Playboy must have been fun.
                    At times .... sure. Big problem was my idiot boss. Her mistakes somehow became my fault, if you catch my drift.

                    First time it happened, went on a press check for her and some source code was wrong ... I was looking at color, prolly would not have made the call to restrike plates, had I caught it ... but I wasn't expecting a typo problem. Wasn't aware of it. Fact of the matter was my boss wasn't either ... never warned me about it, set me up ... blamed me.

                    Wasn't a great job ... trust me. I beat out 3,000 other people to get the job, and I was only there like 3 months. 25 years old.

                    Not my fault. All I have to say ... is it was not my fault.

                    Live and learn, I guess.
                    But I was an easy scapegoat. Actually apologized to my boss, after that press check ... "Sorry I missed it." thought that was the right thing to do.

                    Big mistake. Never stand for that ... I shoulda blamed her, it was her fault. She put in ... the wrong source code, after all. Sent me on her press check, without warning.
                    Last edited by AFWoods; 05-13-2007, 08:13 AM.


                    • #11
                      Never met Hef ... but I did meet Christy and she is absolutely a professional. No doubt about it. Hef .... he's too old school, IMO.

                      Can't say the same for my direct boss back then ... she was old school, but just an idiot. She had been there for years, and I was just a wide eyed kid from Arizona ... I never saw it coming. I also, FWIW, never blamed my mistakes on anyone else. Never really had to ... I don't make mistakes. But I wouldn't do that.


                      • #12
                        I guess the thing that really makes me realize how good I was .... we saved Maidenform, at Frierson Mee and Kraft ... we friggin saved them from bankruptcy, we branded Aldo and VOSS.

                        There was a time, I was pretty much running the coolest "boutique" ad agency in New York. Same building as Deutsch. Flatiron area.

                        Nothing lasts forever though. At some point you discover, that you are slurping up people's souls ... and not really being an artist. That's advertising though.

                        I went into publishing after that. Pay is crap. Went into education ... pay is crappier ... but I can vent.

                        Last year, with a Master's degree, I made less than half of what I made in 2000, without it. But I like my job, for once. There's a lot to be said for liking your job, trust me.
                        Last edited by AFWoods; 05-13-2007, 08:49 AM.






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