Our fine friends over at Spraygraphic Sprayblog caught up with Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty Ray Hooper, who has taught Type in the department for some time and who has branched into the world of greeting cards with his company, Ray Hooper Designs. Here’s an excerpt:
SG: Can you tell us a little about your business, Raymond Hooper Design, LLC.
RH: We design Greeting Cards, Appointment Books, Journals, etc. My company is a year old this month and after a year of building a staff and inventory we had our first sales last month. We are trying to appeal to people who are both sophisticated about art and design and don’t necessarily need someone else to write their sentiments. As a result many of our cards have very terse messages on the inside or none at all. A number of our cards are blank note cards with photographs, illustrations or just some kind of graphic on the front.
SG: Where has your work been seen?
RH: The books in book stores and museums across the country. The cards, so far, only at trade shows and in trade publications.
SG: Where will it be seen next?
RH: Trade shows in Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle. Card stores in North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and upstate New York.
SG: What is your dream art assignment?
RH: No such thing. It’s a joy making my living designing.
SG: What is your favorite color?
RH: I like them all.