November 09, 2017

Five Questions with Tim Belonax: Senior Brand Designer at Pinterest

Tim Belonax helps people understand what Pinterest is—and why it matters to them. In a career that has earned him multiple accolades, he has launched new brands, redesigned existing ones, and created many cool things in between. In addition to his brand design work at Pinterest, Tim is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts and serves on the board for the San Francisco Center for the Book and Designer Fund’s Bridge Guild.

What is your relationship to the creative process?

“Long term. We’d be married, but we aren’t into traditional relationship definitions.”

How or where to you find inspiration?

“Everywhere. My go-to spots are often museums and bookstores or travel.”

What was one of your biggest creative challenges?

“Redesigning Facebook’s wordmark.”

When did you first realize you needed to be in a creative field?

“Probably in my teens, when I realized that one could make a living from drawing and being creative.”

Who is one of your heroes and why?

“Sister Corita Kent. She was a silkscreening nun who taught people about art and design. She was a contemporary of Charles and Ray Eames and Bucky Fuller, but it’s taken longer for her to get her due. When the church became harsher on women’s rights, she left and kept pursuing art.”

BONUS ROUND: What’s on your current playlist?

“Philip Glass, Tennis, Father John Misty, Future Islands, and Explosions in the Sky.”

In January 2018, as a panelist in our stellar speaker lineup, Tim will join the conversation with Heather Day, Brian Singer and Adam Katz about the  intersection of design and art. Here are some insights into his creative process. Get your ticket before they run out!