We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Butteris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I define success as being able to work on projects I enjoy and get excited about for clients I respect. I still get exhilarated when I hear from a new client or fun project, getting paid to do it is just a result of that enthusiasm. And the biggest factor that has allowed me to do work I love, is just saying yes to every opportunity. I might be completely slammed, and the timeline might be unreasonable, and the pay is less than I’d like, but I am gonna do it. Being intrinsically motivated will manifest a path to fulfilling work. Taking on the work, getting it done on time and communicating as much as possible with the client helps build respect and trust that I really cherish. I’d love to say that my creativity and unique style are what attracts new work, but I really think it comes down to hard work and unrelenting determination to keep doing work I love.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am still in awe of how my path has seemingly manifested itself. I share my work on IG or show my friends when I am proud of something and that turns into conversations in person and referrals to new work. The whole thing is incredibly fulfilling and has given me a greater sense of purpose. Mainly to share the reality of what can happen when you dedicate yourself to something you love. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My goal is always to get the locals experience when I am traveling and try to do the same for guests. I would show them the hole-in-the wall joints, the places with history that have been loved and lived in, institutions that don’t come up on google. Part of the reason I am involved in the beer scene is because my affinity for taprooms and the incredible opportunities they provide for understanding the pulse of a town and talking to likeminded people, the bartender is usually the best source for travel tips.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
John Kjos. Department Chair for the Multimedia Graphic Design program at the Community College of Denver. His wisdom, enthusiasm and encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue my goals despite lacking a shiny design/art degree. He did an incredible job of building an environment of nurtured exploration and self-worth, love that guy. Also, my loving parents Cal and Deb for watching me walk away from college at 20 and trusting me to find my path without judgement or condescension. And I would be remised if I didn’t mention how watching interviews with Aaron Draplin, before I pursued design, gave me a new understanding of what a designer could be and shaped my vision that persists to this day.