Raidious is excited to welcome its newest team member, Content Correspondent Kris Davidson!
- Kris Davidson is 31
- She was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
- Kris graduated from Ball State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism Graphics
- From 2003-2012, she lived in Indianapolis
- From 2003-2007, Kris worked as a Senior Graphic Designer at Angie’s List
- From 2007-2012, she worked as a Graphic Designer at the Indiana History Center
- Her immediate family members include her husband, John Davidson, and their 2-year-old son, Calvin
- Kris currently resides in Denver, Colo., where she moved with her family in March 2012
What did you do (all encompassing) before Raidious?
My first taste of design occurred while serving as promotions director for the University Program Board at Ball State University. I was selected as Outstanding Executive Director by my peers. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in journalism graphics, I headed to Indianapolis as senior graphic designer for Angie’s List from 2003 to 2007. From there, I discovered my passion for history as a designer for the Indiana History Center. In that time, I pursued my work in the fine arts and opened my art business in 2009. I showed work at various art fairs around the city, including The Penrod Arts Fair, Brownsburg Festival of the Arts and Hoosier Artisan Boutique. I’ve also been a contributing photographer and writer for the Urban Times.
I met my husband in 2006, while searching for a roommate on Craigslist (you heard that right). Needless to say, John and I hit it off quickly, bought a home in the Near Eastside neighborhood of Arsenal Heights and married in 2008. Our son, Calvin, was born Race-Day weekend in 2010. We decided to move our family west, and we made the plunge to Colorado in March. The rest is history.
Favorite Dinner Food?
When I’m home in Chicago, I go directly from the airport to Portillo’s for a Beef-n-Cheddar Croissant and onion rings.
When I’m in Indy, it’s La Parada time. Spicy pork tacos, FTW.
In that order. If I could inject baked goods into my arms with a needle, I would.
Favorite cartoon then / now?
I never really liked cartoons, but I do love this viral cartoon voiceover. I could watch it once a week:
Hobbies / Interests / Serial Killer-like tendencies?
Pop culture, dive bars, Quentin Tarantino movies, design blogs, perfecting the chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, anything produced by Alan Ball, open bar weddings, historic photos, dresses with pockets, running and music documentaries.
I used to carry an adult briefcase to school in the second grade. That can’t be normal. There was also a period when I was obsessed with Brian Peppers.
What brought you to love design? What do you like most about the process? Design pet peeves?
I’ve always had the privilege of learning from incredibly talented art teachers. Art always came naturally to me, and my teachers helped to foster that passion within me.
I have a sticky note on my computer that reads, “What does this story look like?” The best part of the process is answering that question.
1. KERNING. Every time a piece of work isn’t kerned, a kitten dies.
2. When a client wants their wife to look over my design work because, “She is an excellent Desktop Publisher.” I promise you, I am a great designer. Allow me to demonstrate.
3. Let’s not even bring up Papyrus.
Favorite alcoholic beverage? Non-alcoholic beverage?
Brugge Tripel de Ripple and Spaten Optimator.
All poor decisions begin with getting Optimated at the Rathskeller Biergarten.
My husband brings home a six-pack of Ale-8 every time we go to see his family in Kentucky. It’s delicious.
What foods/drinks do you mix that make others think yer a weirdo?
I love me some sweets and meats.
I also eat peanut butter and sweet relish sandwiches, thanks to my Grandma Helen. Don’t knock it ’til you tried it.
Music/song you like to dance to? With your kids? Hubby? Alone?
Dance to | Anything from the band, Fanfarlo, “Paper Planes,” MIA, “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
With my son | “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson
Husband | “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High),” Ryan Adams
Alone | “The Suburbs” album by Arcade Fire remains in my car at all times. Horrific renditions of “Rococo” can be heard from my car, Monday through Friday.
If you could work for only three clients/companies from an agency standpoint, who would they be?
French Paper Co. | Their brand speaks to me, and I am their audience.
Sub Pop Records | I like their taste in music.
Apple | They don’t wait around to see where the industry is headed. They ARE the industry.
When you have free time and no responsibilities, you like to …
Sit on the deck with good friends, drink a bourbon on the rocks, play cards, listen to music and dissect awesome movies. It’s as simple as that.
One person, living or dead, you’d like to meet? Make out with? Arm wrestle? Get tipsy with?
Meet | John Hughes. I’d thank him for guiding me through my awkward youth with his reassuring films on adolescence.
Make out with | Jason Bateman, Ewan McGregor or this guy.
Arm wrestle | Jon Hamm. If he loses, he also has to make out with me.
Get tipsy with | Chuck Klosterman. We’d go to Dorman Street Tavern and order a frozen pizza. He’d write about our evening in his next book.
Outside of the obvious (having a child, getting married, graduating college, etc.) what has been one of the best days of your life? You have permission to think/feel selfishly on this one.
I’m not sure I have a specific day, but I do have a moment that stands out:
After having ACL surgery on my knee, I still tried out for volleyball my senior year. I remembered thinking I was going to be cut, so I mentally prepared myself. I went on to make varsity as starting middle blocker and was nominated captain by my teammates. To be respected by your peers for having heart is something that will always remain with me.
If you could have your dream car/truck, what would it be?
“1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I RULE.” – Lester Burnham