Artist Spotlight w/ Timeyin Gordon
Oct 25, 2022
First, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Timeyin Gordon, I am an Interaction & 3D Designer. I was born in Delta state, Nigeria.
As a child, watching cartoons piqued my curiosity into the world of animation. "Dad, are those cats and mice real?", "Can they really speak?", "Why this and why that?", I always asked questions. I once destroyed the TV to see if the cartoon characters would jump out. These questions did not fade away but kept expanding and made me more intent on finding answers as I grew older. I wanted to learn that magic, I wanted to create my own characters, give them life and make them speak. That's how this beautiful journey began.
I went ahead to study computer science in college where I learned software programming, then design, and finally my passion; animation.
I once destroyed the TV to see if the cartoon characters would jump out. These questions did not fade away but kept expanding and made me more intent on finding answers as I grew older. I wanted to learn that magic…
Can you tell us about your experience and the role you are primarily filling?
I have worked in various industries over the years, spanning from broadcast to non-profit, consumer-based products, insurance, fintech, B2B, and I'm now working on an AI-centered product for procurement.
Design has taken me to places I didn’t expect so it’s been an adventurous experience! I remember starting off as a graphic designer in school to earn some extra money on the side. It led me to learn motion design, which landed me my first major gig with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
This project gave me a ton of exposure and launched my career where I worked in motion design for amazing brands like MTV Base, Coca-Cola, Globalcom and Stanbic bank.
Currently, I work as a freelancer.
If you could speak directly to the resourcing gods and powers that be, what would be your ideal project?
My ideal projects would be physical tech products, games (board games, non-digital) and recently artificial intelligence-based products. I'd specifically love to help create product visualization and motion piece for final production, web experience and marketing purposes.
Do you have any dream clients?
Because of my interest in consumer-based products, my dream clients are Nike, Adidas, Microsoft and Apple and I strongly believe it would happen soon.
Lastly, do you have any memorable stories, life lessons, or tall tales you can share from your adventures as a freelancer?
An unforgettable experience I have way back as a budding designer is how I spent a lot of time creating animation pieces I casually uploaded on Facebook which led to me receiving a random call and a plane ticket to Abuja to work on a national project for The Central Bank of Nigeria.
As a creative, putting your work out there can be a whole mind battle. I knew I was still learning and my animations weren’t perfect but I was improving and sharing on the go.
This taught me to always put my best foot forward because an opportunity might just be waiting around the corner!
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