August 3, 2009


Mike Cina is a creative Renaissance man. The prolific artist and font guru heads up one of the world’s leading design firms (YouWorkForThem), creates some of Ghostly’s most sublime album covers, and makes one hell of a mix—download Mike’s contribution to our monthly GhostlyCast here. On the eve of his first solo show, Ways of Seeing, at First Amendment Arts in Minneapolis, Mr. Cina took a breather to answer our Five Questions…

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What sets your work apart from the rest of the pack?

I don’t run with the pack.

What piece of art/design gets your motor running?

Anything by Mark Rothko, Sister Corita, or Emil Ruder.

What song should play every time you enter a room?

I had one picked out like ten years ago and have forgot it. Roy Ayers’ ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ would work for me.

What are you working on at this exact moment?

These questions! Besides that: tons of e-mail, YWFT promo, organizing our typeface assets, a lot of fonts in progress, two larger paintings, a CD cover for Groove magazine, a custom font for Victoria’s Secret, stock sets for YWFT. Mainly just random things that need to happen around the YWFT office.

How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

Search for what is good and true. The world we live in is run around lies and based on egos and greed. The sooner you realize that, the better you are. Search for a deeper meaning in life outside yourself and discover what gifts God has given you. Anything in life that is worth having is not on the surface level—you have to look/work for it.