Chris Corey

What’s your day job?

I’m a visiting lecturer in the VC department at Herron School of Art & Design. I’m also currently working at a bakery until classes start back up, which has been a lot of fun. Listening to great music and baking all day isn’t a bad way to spend a summer.  

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Banana bread.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?

That’s easy. Dorman Street! I’ve spent so many nights out on that back patio drinking with all sorts of awesome people.  

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

My students! Last year was my first time teaching and I loved being in a creative environment like that every day. I had a group of hard working designers that made classes a lot of fun and it was really cool watching all of them improve so much over the course of a year. On top of that, on our last day of the year I had a student walk up to me and say, “After the first semester, I wasn’t sure I picked the right major but I really liked your class and now I know I want to be a designer.” I graduated from Herron a few years ago and had some amazing professors I was trying to emulate while teaching my own classes so hearing that from a student meant a lot. The whole experience has been really fulfilling and I can’t wait for the next semester to start up in August.

In spirit of June’s theme Broken, what’s something you wish you could fix?

Wow, have you read the news lately? I don’t want to sound like a pessimist but that’s a hard question to answer. I think I’m going to pass on the heavy stuff and opt for something a little more casual that I’ve been noticing a lot lately.

So many people (myself included at times) are attached to their phones. When I’m out with friends or family it really bums me out when someone grabs their phone and looks down instead of enjoying the company of the people they’re already with! Just earlier today I was riding my bike on the Cultural Trail and three friends were walking shoulder to shoulder (taking up the entire trail ☹) and all of them were staring down at their phones. For starters, it looks ridiculous, but more importantly I think it’s rude to the people you’re with. When we’re with someone and we pull out our phone to check social media, “you’re not that important to me” is the message I think we’re sending.I might be overreacting a bit but I wish we could just take a step back from our phones and be a bit more present. I know the idea is that all that stuff helps us stay more connected but in a lot of ways it seems to have the opposite effect.

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