Set It Off: Travis Ekmark

October 7th, 2009 by Larry

Photo by Kevin Byrd

Travis Ekmark

My first car was a humble 1989 Mazda 626. My friends called it “The Crappy Travis.” Eventually, the nickname for the car became interchangeable as a nickname for me. 16-year-old me was not pleased.


Where are you from?
Atlanta, y’all. Please.

Who do you work for? 
Myself, Armchair, and People of Resource.

What are your Current Project(s)? 
At Armchair: writing, design, and production of content for the College Board take up most of my time these days. I have to say, our team is killing it lately.

For People of Resource, I’ve been doing some writing for DEX Studios and some internal strategy and design.

Just finished some work through Quo Vadis for lighting designer Christopher Moulder.

I’m designing a short publication for some of my favorite furniture designers, Rich Brilliant Willing. Also: doing a new tour poster for a very talented old friend, Sean Renner.

Figuring out systems, strategy, and social movements with Ted, Sri, and Melissa at Entry Level Big Thinkers. Trying to understand where young, upstart designers and thinkers fit into that space.

Gluzman and I are attempting to gain some footing as to where our collaborative relationship will go next as Mingle (eager to get more 3-D). Ted and I have begun a new art and design project, but it’s kinda hush hush for now. 

My wife and I keep a food blog of low-res iPhone photos of things we eat or make (and articles we like) called How to Eat Food.

Who would you love to work with?
I learn so much from all the people I’m working with now. Being in demanding, open, collaborative environments like Armchair and Resource is probably my favorite thing in the world. I’m psyched to go to work everyday and I feel pretty fortunate in that regard. Otherwise, I’d love to collaborate with some more outside-of-ATL friends: in particular, Foda Studio in Austin, Craig Berman in Chicago, and American Design Club in New York. Other dream teams: Charles and Ray Eames, Daniel Eatock, Naoto Fukasawa, OMA/AMO, Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam. 

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep? 
Real answer: Beat-up Adidas Sambas. Preferred future answer: Air Max 95s in the original colorway. Or the Jordans from around the same time that had the patent leather. Nike was on fire then.

What’s on your iPod right now?
A constantly evolving mixture of old favorites, things I read about on blogs, and things I hear Farbod play at Armchair. To be specific, I can’t get enough of: Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Animal Collective, Sigur Ros, Washed Out, Volcano Choir, Bibio, Eluvium, and The Field.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
The standard Chick-fil-a Chicken Sandwich, Nuevo Laredo, or whatever the moment dictates on Buford Highway.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?

What are your Pet Peeves?
Ugh, my own work habits: I love new projects and I love working hard, but I’m also incredibly easy to distract.

Shout outs?
My lady, Stacy, and my kids, Bennett and Vivian. Additionally: My brothers, Kevin and Kenny. Sibling-in-laws: Noelle, Trey, and Nick. Armchairs: Kevin, Stefan, Farbod, Nate, Aaron, Michelle, JTrav, Melissa, Ryan, Gluzman, Erica, Rebecca, Marta. Resourceful People: DVA, Sloan, SK. All Yall: Sean, Ted, Nik, Rick Julian, Chris, Shelton, Collin, Zak, Josh, James Nord, Dudes of Sid Mashburn, new friends, old friends I don’t see enough of, and, the internet.

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4 Responses

  1. Larry Says:

    Travis, if you’re looking for some Jordan 11′s I have a size 10.5 sitting on ice… they are beauties.

  2. Ted Says:

    well written, great interview.
    made me think back to my white and black air jordan IX’s. those were incredible.

  3. Travis Says:

    Larry, thanks for the offer, but I’m an 11.5. Did you ever see the print ads for those? I recall them being pretty amazing and kinda Sagmeister-esque. Might be totally wrong though. Maybe they were just impressive to 13-year-old Travis…
    Those and the Jason Kidd ‘Fly Eye’ Zoom Air 95s were on my mind a lot that year…

  4. Jillian Says:

    this is random, but i am a fan of adoption and was wondering: are either of your kids adopted?

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