Associate Spotlight: Aaron Scott

Aaron ScottA visually striking newsletter is right in the wheelhouse of VistaComm graphic designer Aaron Scott.  His aesthetic creativity and eye for detail have translated into award-winning print pieces.  Around the office, Aaron’s quick wit and sense of humor keeps everyone on their “A” game.  Regardless of page count or deadline, no design is out of reach for Aaron.

How long have you been with VistaComm?
I was actually here before the building went up, and because I refused to leave, they built VistaComm around me and offered me a job.

Where is your hometown?
My dad was a career Marine, so my hometown was wherever he got assigned to work. I didn’t live in any one place for more than a few years at a time. But if I were forced to call one place my hometown, it would be Oceanside, California. Most of the places I lived in as a kid were dry desert areas. The only thing they all had in common was, for the most part, a pants-optional policy.

What is a typical day like for you at VistaComm?
Do you remember the creature cantina scene in the original Star Wars movie? It’s like that but with more newsletters.

What is your earliest computer or design project memory?
When I went to college for computer design, back in the Pleistocene era, we literally created art one giant pixel at a time. It was awful. I still have those original pieces as print-outs for my kids to stare at in awe and wonder… how old their dad is.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to try?
Ombudsman.

What’s one technology or trend that you were an early adopter of?
The Walkman. Hey, it was the ’80s—so sue me.

If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?
I would tell you the power to go back in time to come up with a better answer for this question, but I already went back and couldn’t think of anything better than this, so I’m going with the power to calm jittery squirrels.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Chunk from The Goonies. Man that kid makes me laugh.

What is your proudest VistaComm moment?
The time I thwarted Colombian drug lords from stealing the world’s largest ruby that Joan Wilder and I found following a treasure map in Cartagena. Actually, now that I think about it, that may have been the plot of Romancing the Stone.  We have won national awards for our design work and that can’t help but make you feel validated as a designer.