Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of interviews with leaders in the creative industry. Today, we speak with Mordy Golding, Director of Content at LinkedIn – a five-time Adobe MAX Master Presenter, and a pioneer in the development of Adobe Illustrator.
Interview with Mordy Golding
#1 What is your primary job title?
Director of Content, LinkedIn Learning
#2 Who or what inspires you?
My mom. And honestly, inspiration comes from anywhere, if you let it.
#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?
The smell of fresh-cut grass on a golf course. And playing golf. And how I don't have time to play golf much these days.
#4 Share a life lesson you learned?
Don't pursue the approval of others, and take open, honest, and constructive criticism.
#5 Favorite period of history?
I'm most fascinated by the period leading up to, during, and immediately after WWII. It's not my favorite, but it's the one I spend the most time reading about.
#6 What projects are you working on right now?
I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. Seriously though, I mainly focus on digging up data and helping my team decide what courses we should put in our library and who should teach them.
#7 Describe your personal style.
My creative style is "wait until the last minute and then burst forth with intense creativity". Seriously, I used to love contemporary, but folks like John McWade impressed upon me the importance of not letting your personal style bias the work you do. You need to do the research and apply the style that best fits the work you are doing.
#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?
On any given day, I spend most time in a web browser (i.e. gmail, google docs). The desktop tools I use most are Illustrator, InDesign, Slack, and Excel.
#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?
I believe one can have multiple callings. I was always interested in tech and design, but when I first saw Illustrator 88 running on a Mac Plus, I knew I could make a living doing that. I was 17. But I have since found that my true calling is teaching others. I knew I found it when I got a letter from a reader of one of my first Illustrator books. He told me he was a 52 year old welder and that my book had helped him find HIS true calling of doing design work when he got home from work.
#10 What's your super power?
My ability to ignore just about anyone or anything. Or so says my wife. Call me "Ignore Man"
#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?
#12 What makes you happy?
Golf. Spending time with friends. Experiencing the world with my wife.
#13 What do you do to relax?
Read. Stare at the stars.
#14 Your place of birth?
New York City
#15 Favorite artist or art movement?
Bill Watterson. Is comic book art a movement?
#16 Share a funny moment from your career?
Read the 4th comment on this blog post: http://rwillustrator.blogspot.com/2006/12/ask-mordy-learning-illustrator.html
#17 Color of the car you drive?
#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?
Anything related to behavioral psychology. I'm fascinated by that topic. Oh, and golf. I mean, I'd like to get better at it (one would assume to do so, you'd actually need to get out and PLAY once in a while...)
#19 How do you get your news?
Mostly from NY Times push notifications or Facebook.
#20 Advice to other creatives?
Read. My friend Von Glitschka always likes to say that reading is like thinking with someone else's brain. Creativity thrives on making connections and coming up with new ideas. The more you read and more you expand your interests, the more creative you'll become.