20 questions for Nick Pugh, Concept Designer (US)

Feb 18, 2013

Concept Architecture by Nick Pugh

Nick Pugh, Concept Designer from the US, will conduct two public seminars on “Originality in Design” on 21 February and “Concept Design” on 28 February at *SCAPE.

Pugh has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment design industry working for clients on numerous feature films, video games and design projects. His credits include the Green Lantern, X-Men First Class, Superman Returns as well as the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, R.I.P.D. and Oblivion. Nick teaches at the renowned Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. 

In advance of the public seminars, organised by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy of the DesignSingapore Council, we put 20 questions to Pugh... 

1. An exciting, new discovery: The Kepler space telescope has discovered that almost all stars have planets orbiting them! Wow! 55 Cancri e is a solid diamond planet! 

2. An artistic pursuit that I have not tried but would be interested to do is mastering 3-D programs and rapid prototyping of results. 

3. I’m reading Goat Locker Strikes! by Steven Shandrow and Greg Riplinger; and Scientific American magazine. 

4. I’m listening to Helvetia; and The Drowning End (KANM Internet college radio stream). 

5. I’m happiest when inventing new things and systems; designing the future; or walking alone and coming up with new ideas. 

6. I’m most afraid of losing the people I love. 

7. I’m most proud of being loyal to my friends and colleagues under all circumstances. 

8. The thing that most annoys me is people who talk a lot about themselves, especially if they are boring. 

9. When I last looked in the mirror, I thought I looked older but happy. 

10. A recent extravagant purchase: A Cintique 22HD pen - not so extravagant but I am a simple guy. 

11. Is art school important? Yes, but one can become a master in other ways. 

12. What new design/technology/technique are you excited about? Too many! Synthetic biology, nanotechnology, rapid prototyping, robot cars, private space travel, texture bombing and good old-fashioned drawing. 

13. If I wasn’t doing this right now, I’d be walking. 

14. The best thing about being me is having a constant flow of creativity, loyalty and integrity. 

15. If I were an animated/cartoon/superhero character, I’d be The Invisible Man. 

16. My most treasured memory is the birth of my children. 

17. The most important lesson in life is to be happy with yourself, regardless of other people’s opinion. 

18. An underrated virtue: Humility and being introverted. 

19. An overrated virtue: Materialist ambition and having adrenaline. 

20. It’s your last supper. Who’s at your table? My family.