In this feature, our social media editor Vicki May Thorne meets and greets the staff and contributors of This Land Press.
Carlos Knight is the Art Director for This Land Press, a title which only vaguely hints at all of the myriad responsibilities and influences that he has on the look and feel of This Land Press.
Carlos is responsible for not only the gorgeous large-format print layout for which This Land first gained notoriety, but also the striking design of This Land Press’ website and the forthcoming This Land iPad app. And indeed, it is not terribly cliche to note that he himself is as colorful a character as his work would indicate.
What inspires you? And what are your must reads/watch/listen; print or online?
What inspires you?
C: I take my inspiration from an eclectic mix of personalities: Robin Williams, Betty White, and RuPaul to name a few. But I also get inspired by travel and gaming, especially when my friends and family are involved.
What is your favorite piece you’ve done for This Land Press?
C: All the 1sts- the first print layout I did for This Land was for “Something Good is Going to Happen to You“, the [Randy Roberts Potts, the gay grandson of] Oral Roberts story; and the new iPad app has been really fun; also, reworking the website when I came on board was really fun and then carrying that design over to our social media presence- Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., has been very gratifying.
What do you love about Tulsa and/or Oklahoma?
C: I love everything about Tulsa- it’s beautiful and scenic, relaxed, affordable, etc. I’ve lived in and traveled to big cities on either coast- New York, San Francisco [where he attended the Art Institute of San Francisco], etc. But I love Tulsa, Tulsa is home. Plus, there is room for people in design here; that is the main reason I came back to Tulsa, to infuse my city with great design.
What is your drink of choice? Alcoholic or otherwise?
C: I’m a gin drinker. My drink is gin and soda, 2 limes. As far as non-alcoholic drinks go, I love a big blue coconut slushie from Sonic. I’ve been drinking that stuff since High School!
Carlos is in charge of all visuals at This Land; his visual concepts are colorful, bold and vibrant, just like the man himself. For the more official word on Carlos, visit his masthead profile here.