Name: Desmond Creighton Simmons
From: Detroit, Mi
Lives In: Eastpointe, Mi (East Detroit)
Careers I wanted As a Kid: scuba diver, ninja, (mad/super) scientist, video game maker, adventurer, puppeteer, person that makes stuff
Likes: video games, animation, comics, (b-)movies, pixel art, kaiju, sci-fi+fantasy, bicycles, tokusatsu, folklore, nature, cool people, creativity, myths, nonsense, vespas, podcast, dreams about flying, other eras, plants & animals, wire frames/vector graphics, people that can draw, syndicated/classic television, science, design, cel/flat shading, imagination, low poly, Spring + Fall, local programming, mid-century design, public libraries, broadcast edits of movies, retro-futurism, puppetry, lazy days, lofi, wandering, wondering, papercraft, watercolour, nostalgia, cool looking buildings and houses, & a bunch of other rad stuff.
Inspirations + Influences
Tons of 60's-90's cartoons and works of artist/brands such as Masaaki Yuasa, Akira Toriyama, Sanrio, Rumiko Takahashi, Jay Ward, Charles Schulz, Rodney Alan Greenblat, UPA, Jim Henson, Keita Takahashi, Mitsuru Nakamura, Kiriko Kubo, Yujiro Koyama, Ryo Inoue, and many, many others.
60's-70's sunshine/vocal/psych-pop, 90's hip-hop, City Pop, Shibuya-kei, Underground Rap/Indie Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, 80's-90's R&B, Funk, 80's Boogie, Disco, 90's-early 00's Alternative/Indie, Chillwave, Lo-Fi, Electronica, Beat Scene
Tascam PortaStudio DP-02CF, Akai Pro MPKmini, Roland Voice Transformer VT-3, MXL V63M condenser mic, LMMS, Audacity, Refurb PC (O/S: Windows 10)
Konica C35MF, Ricoh AF-5, Superheadz Black Slim Devil, Kodak KV250, Polaroid OneStep Close-Up, Fujifilm Instax Wide 210, Lomo'Instant, iPhone, VSCO Cam app, Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner
iPhone, VHS Camcorder app, Spark app, SuperSlo app, Flow app, Reverser app, Filmora
Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, RoughAnimator, GIMP, Wacom Intuos small tablet, HP x2 10-inch detachable laptop (OS: Windows 10)
Why's the site called 'Everything But Work'?
Simple: I like doing creative things. Whether it's drawing, making music, coming up with stories, collaborating with friends, or just daydreaming about future things I'd like to try. I don't consider it work at all because I actually enjoy it. Plus, doing this isn’t part of my day job so, it’s pretty much everything I do when not at the 9 to 5.
So, what is my dream job?
I used to think that being a creative full time was the dream, but if people give me money there’d probably be some kind of expectation & I’d lose the fun of the creative part because I’d be pressured to deliver a product for a certain demographic/for mass consumption within certain guidelines or I’d be a part of a team that works on a product that I’m not personally invested in so it wouldn’t be very different than punching the clock at any other job. The world has changed & the media landscape has too. I don’t have any big connects in the studios, I don’t network, not into social media very much, & I’m not in a position where the people that hold the meetings see the value of my ideas. Sure, I’d like to add my voice to the larger conversation and add what I feel is missing rather than tear down the works of others (there’s also enough media out there that I can opt to ignore things too) but, I also feel like my time has passed given where things are right now, yet at the same time - the tools to make music, draw, or anything else that I want to do are easily available so I can create purely for the love of it/for the sake of expression without my livelihood being on the line. That said, I aspire to be free from day job obligations & retire as soon as possible so I can spend more of my life making the things I want whenever the muse strikes.
What else do I want to do creatively?
I’d still like to create a Gerry Anderson-style puppet show.