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Hugh McCormick

Can be found outside or designing ... or designing outside.

Job Freelance Graphic Designer / Hugh McCormick Design

Lives In West End

Raised on an Old Bay diet in Charm City, Hugh was a horseback riding instructor, Wilderness Trip leader and boardshop cash register guru before he landed in Portland where he followed his passion for art and design.

In his free time he can be found roaming the wilderness and/or laughing, and welcomes both within his design practice.

Why did you choose Portland? I grew up going to camp in Maine and eventually returned as a camp counselor. I loved it so much, I decided to stay and attend the Maine College of Art. Living and studying art and design in Portland opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and opportunities the city and surrounding area holds. In it's simplest form, Portland felt like one of the more real and genuine of the places I had lived. I felt it is where I could be my best self as a graphic designer and as a person.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Jason Williams, who figured out a way to cook some of the best food I have ever had on beautiful Jordan's Farm for the summer, but still manages to take the winter to cook for professional snowboarders around the country, and always be someone to count on laughing out loud with. Ken Murphy, who has created some of Portland's most influential brands and design standards, but never fails to set aside time to provide guidance and insight to the up-in-comers. Christopher David Ryan, who learned to turn his passion for drawing with markers into a career creating some of the most creative and innovative illustrations out there.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Too many to count, but sitting in front of the open garage doors at CBD on Diamond St, the Eastern Prom at sunrise in early spring when the ocean in filled with mist, or Top of the East at Sunset, just to name a few

What's the most surprising thing about this city? How adaptable it is. I have known people who moved to Portland from New York City, Florida, and Scarborough, and we connect and interact like we have all lived here forever.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Afternoon mixed drinks at Maine Craft Distilling

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? The upstairs of RiRa, Brunch at Sonny's, or the lunch special at Yosaku

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? The east end strip from Hilltop Superette to the Eastern Prom, SPACE Gallery or EVO Rock gym.

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