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If you have a degree in what field is it? A BFA in graphic design from Ringling School of Art & Design and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University.

What’s the best site you've seen lately? What’s so great about it? Forestyoung.com. The simplicity of the site and its value as a designer’s resource is unparalleled. Since it has no visual cues, I can never find what I was initially looking for, which normally is a very frustrating experience. However, this format forces me to view the work of new designers and artists. This experience is not unlike discovering a rare treasure in the stacks of a library while hunting for another book. The site is also quiet and peaceful, a rare, and almost unachievable, quality on the Web.

If you were to change professions, what would you choose to do? Cook. No doubt about it. Cooking and designing are very similar. I love when people enjoy my work, and what better medium to work with than food.

Design or technology? Which is more important? Why? Design. There isn’t even enough design to keep up with the technology we already have. The best things begin with design and technology seamlessly filters through them—everything Apple makes. The goal is to not create technology for technology’s sake, but to create technology that we love to experience and use. Design is the key ingredient in making that happen.

From where do your best ideas originate? From the things around me. A lot of the ideas I come up with seem to have some type of environment in consideration. If you design for a particular space, whether it be digital or physical, that space needs to be explored and considered.

How do you overcome a creative block? Play. I tend to lose focus the more I think about something. If I go right into creating, interesting things usually start to happen.

In one word describe what you feel when beginning a new project? Opportunity.

What well-known site is most desperately in need of a redesign? USA.gov. It has no confidence. Almost every link is a link to somewhere outside the site. It would be the perfect place to showcase our country’s technological efficiencies and our ability to organize and visualize data. The site is a missed opportunity.

Do you have creative outlets other than Web design? Book design. And I’m taking a stab at a movie concept.

What music are you listening to right now? Frank Sinatra and Jazz, with a little bit of Hip-Hop here and there.

What product/gadget can you not live without? I think I could live without any gadget, but if I had to take one with me it would have to be my iPhone.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve bought online? A Storm Trooper outfit. That should open the flood gates...

What’s your favorite quote? “If it looks good, people will look at it. If it looks bad people will still look at, they’ll just think it looks bad.” —Gordon Weller

Do you have any advice for people just entering the profession? Be bold and experiment. Take advantage of having nothing to lose by creating things people aren’t expecting. Most importantly, stay friends with everyone you meet along the way and collaborate as much as possible. Money should always come second; focus on creating first.

Whats one thing you wish you knew when you started your career? I wish I had traveled a little more and spent a little time overseas.

Mark Unger received his MFA from Yale University where he was awarded the Charles H. Sawyer Prize for excellence in graphic design. Prior to attending Yale, Mark spent two years at Push where he's returned as partner and new media creative director to lead the development and implementation of new media strategies. His work has earned him a national reputation for producing provocative creative work. Mark has received countless virtual and physical advertising and design awards and he's responsible for a new level of idea generation including everything interactive, new media-related and unconventional, which helps the agency push clients into unexplored territory.
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