Eric Rosevear as E13 is a graphic designer who has created the cover images for this month's SHIFT. His main area of creativity is in New York, downtown.
The work he produced for Gasbook04 is pretty good as well as his site. His works have intense individuality from streets in contrast to major graphic scene in NY.
We spoke to him about his original CD-ROM, about his site E13 and so on.
To start with, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Eric Rosevear, I'm 24 years old. I started working with computers a couple years ago when a friend of mine (Matt Mento) set me up with a job for a design firm downtown in soho. It was a really shitty job, I had to clean out garbage cans and when someone had dust on their monitor, I had to clean it for them. but even though it was a shit job it was good because I had access to tons of computer equipment that I could play around on. I would stay after hours and sometimes over night teaching myself things.
Can you explain about your own web site, E13?
E13 is something I started about a year ago. I don't really know what keeps me going with it, I guess it's just fun for me to play around with ideas and see what happens. I get alot of response to it from random people, some say things like "Very impressing, just great. Who are you?", others say "What the fuck is this E13 shit!!! Why do you bother doing this crap! Don't you have anything else to do???" maybe that's what keeps me going.
What kind of work have you done with your computer in the last few monthes?
I've been doing a few different things. I did some cd-rom work for Gasbook04, and now I'm working on an E13 cd-rom. I like to do as much work for myself as I can, like playing around with different programs and concepts and seeing what I could do with it. But lately aside from the cd-rom projects which I do like doing, I've been doing little freelance projects just to earn some kind of an income. It seems to workout this way though, I do a bullshit job usually something like fix images in photoshop, write some html or put something together in director. It's work that I don't really care about or takes much time, but it pays ok and I might learn something new that I can apply to my own projects that I do care about.
You're a good friend of David Oppenheim. What do you usually do when you see him?
David is a good guy. We usually just hang out and do nothing, maybe talk about projects we're working on, or things we want to work on together. not much.
Is it improtant for you to work in NYC?
I think for now it is. I like what's going on here, I have a small group of friends and we're all into the same kind of things and motivate each other.
I don't think I could be as motivated to do my own work in any other place.
What is your opinion about the current scene of the graphic design in NYC?
It's kind of weird over here with the whole graphic designer scene. New York is such a big city and there are so many different scenes and groups that it's real easy to be in your own little world with your own little group, and be completely oblivious to each other. Most of the scenes here I don't really fit in to at all, it's like an upper-class, lower-class sort of thing, they have their high-paying jobs and high-tech cyber parties and I have my leaky-roof and skateboard. It works out for the both of us.
Well, what do you think the most interesting happening in NYC now?
Probably the most interesting to me is that more and more people are starting to do there own thing, whether it be music, cd-roms, magazines, web sites or whatever. I think people are realizing now more than ever that you don't need the backing from a big company or something like that to press your own cd and build your own web site. I hope it continues.
You have been to Japan once or twice before. What do you think about Japan? Any favourite things in Japan?
I was in Japan last summer with my friends James "bigson" Gibson and Pete Fowler from London. I was there for a month, I stayed in Osaka for little while then Tokyo. I like it out there, I think it's like New York in the super high-paced way, always getting things done. But culturally, it was so different for me, it took a while to adjust, but I got used to it. Japan is definitly one of my favorite places, I want to go back someday.
Now, you are working on an original cd-rom. What'll it be like?
I'm in the middle of that project now. It's going to be a collection of different things, I'm focusing on the ramdomness of New York and things I find interesting about it. It won't so much be directly about New York city, but I'm using all the elements I find inspiring here.
E13 - Eric Rosevear
Text: Satoru Tanno