Meet Weston Snyder, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and former Axis intern. Weston always keeps the client experience at the front of his mind, and he enjoys working on challenging, intricately detailed projects. Here’s what he said to say about his design style, where he goes to find inspiration, and why it’s important to remember that “failure is not fatal.”
How would you describe your design style?
My design style focuses on juxtaposition and contrast, occupant experience of the built environment, and the use of interesting materials/textures.
You’re looking for inspiration. What do you do?
I’m inspired by many artistic disciplines. It’s interesting to see how others have introduced a thought-provoking piece, or have solved problems through a creative application. I’m pretty methodical about saving images from Google search, Architectural Record, ArchDaily, Pinterest, and other sites to an “inspiration” folder on my computer and setting them to loop as my desktop background. People walking by my desk often comment on the images, so I usually know of projects to send their way.
What were your favorite hobbies as a child? Did they mimic what you do today?
I have always enjoyed playing video games and reading books, as I like experiencing new, interesting, and immersive environments that tell a story. These hobbies may have contributed to developing a strong passion for telling a narrative, or explaining a concept through architecture.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
I like this quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” I have received other great advice, but this quote seems to be the most applicable over the past few years. The second sentence is especially poignant; I tend to be a perfectionist, so it’s really frustrating to fail. It helps to think through those words and apply them to my career, so I can make adjustments as needed.
You’re going on an architecture/design tour. Where are you going?
I love to travel, so I’m always up for visiting new places and experiencing new cultures. To refresh and experience new things, my wife and I take a trip each month – to a place in Indiana, or within a three- to five-hour drive – where we’ve never been. I always look for opportunities to bring architecture into our trip, explore buildings or areas to learn from others, be inspired, and sometimes discover places we never knew existed. It’s a chance to appreciate and enjoy a locale different from where I live, and a “visual break” from the things I see every day.