Faces of Friday: Derek Huber

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The purpose of Faces of Friday:

Faces of Friday is a new series I am starting to provide readers with insight into the lives of inspiring everyday people. Life can take you to unexpected places and these amazing folks are willing to share with you where their lives have taken them. Not everyone in life knew exactly what he or she wanted to do or who he or she wanted to be. They had to learn from trial and error along the way and now they are willing to share with you what they have learned.

I believe that one of the most important things in this life is the connection we share with one another. Identifying with another human being is an amazing gift, it can inspire you to learn, grow, create, and opens your eyes to what more the world has to offer.  We are not alone in this crazy thing called life.  Life is a beautiful thing filled with beautiful people, and some people don’t get the opportunity to share their story. I want to help others get the opportunity to share their story and I want to give you the opportunity to hear it, learn from it, and maybe, just maybe identify with it. I believe wholeheartedly that you all were meant for incredible things, so I hope you enjoy reading stories of others, and I hope it gives you comfort knowing that you are not alone. We are all learning to navigate life’s murky waters, why not learn from each other along the way??

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Minnesota, it will always be my home.

Where do you live currently?

I live in Minneapolis, right in the middle of everything. Which is good, I think.Did you go to school? What did you go to school for?

I initially went to art school to study printmaking. But, found out I like to make a lot of things, so design just came easily to me.

What do you do for a living? Is this always what you had planned to be doing?

After an internship at NPR, and a couple of amazing freelance opportunities here in Minneapolis, I now work as a designer at 3M—a challenging and creative company to work for (I need a good challenge).I definitely did not think I’d be working as an inhouse designer. But, I’ve been very fortunate in my career path thus far.

What are your hobbies?

I split my time between my studio practice (painting, collage, letterpress and silkscreen printing, & drawing), freelancing, and training for whatever insane physical challenge I set for myself. I feel like these things keep me sane in relation to my 9 to 5...for the most part.

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What are you the most passionate about?

I like solving problems. Be it a bitchy layout on a tight deadline, or how to make my living room furniture work. I like a good problem, but don’t ask me to solve a 300 piece puzzle, I cannot. I just can’t.What/who inspires you and why?

Oh, God...these questions are always hard for me to answer. It’s like asking me my favorite color. It can be anything, really. From the boring, to the moving, to the emotional. I wish I could say it was a particular person in my life. That hasn’t happened yet, but I don’t think I can rule it out.

What is your personal mantra?

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Has life taken unexpected turns? And if so what were they?

Oh, I’ve had my fair share. From coming out of the closet to a tumor scare and an unbelievable job opportunity. To say that these things don’t shape you would be an utter lie. They do, and they do for the best—at least they did in my case...I think.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

I had a mentor that told me that it’s good to be self-critical, but that it’s also good to tell your self-criticism to fuck off. Best. Advice. Ever.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Find the work that excites and challenges you. Care the shit out of it, unapologetically. Never ever apologize for caring, it’ll get you far.