Employee Spotlight: Connor DeHaan

connor in front of mural

The “Hyve” in our name is the Finnish word for virtue. We believe in acting virtuously with all the work that we do. Living up to this standard wouldn’t be possible without a crew of employees who believe in doing the right thing—every single time. Doing the right thing for our clients is at the cornerstone of everything that we do.

 

There’s a reason why our crew and our clients are important values of Digital Hyve: without our diverse crew of marketers, and the clients who are constantly inspiring us to be better every day, there would be no Digital Hyve. Our crew is important, and each member brings a different set of skills to the table while contributing to our company’s culture. We wouldn’t be able to develop measurable and meaningful results for our clients—or have the culture we do—without our employees.

 

Our Employee Spotlight Series will give you a glimpse of the people responsible for the meaningful work we do!

 

Introducing Connor, our Graphic Designer!

As you’ll be able to tell from the interview below, he keeps things interesting around here—and keeps us laughing.

young connor yelling

1.     What initially drew you to marketing? What brought you to Digital Hyve?

I fell into the marketing industry to be honest. I was working for an internal office at SUNY Oswego as a designer, creating marketing materials for the college. Before that, I was working as a designer at a screen printing shop. I was referred to Digital Hyve by my manager at the college. I didn’t know what I was walking into, but a year and some odd months later here I am surrounded by some really awesome people.

 

2.     Which of our values do you identify with the most and why? (DH Crew, Clients, Integrity, Passion, Better Every Day)

Our mantra “Better Every Day” for sure. I am always pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, expanding and growing my skills every gosh darn day.

 

3.     What does your day to day look like at Digital Hyve?

First things first. Coffee. Got to, absolutely have to, have that delicious cup of rich hot steamy liquid in the morning. Walk up a flight of stairs pop a squat at the desk, look at what’s on the plate for the day, open up Spotify and hit the mix I have been building up for some time now, and get cracking. Coffee breaks are essential.

 

4.     What type of marketing excites you? Why?

I don’t know if it’s a type of marketing that gets me excited, but the thought, creation, design, production, and encompassing creative direction is what is worth getting excited about.

 

5.     The three best words to describe you?

Bears. Beets. Battle Star Galactica.

 

6.     Who would you say are your biggest artistic influences?

There are so many designers, illustrators, and artists out there that are wicked awesome and I admire the heck out of, but I would have to say right now: Broken Fingaz, Jillian Evelyn, Andrew Fairclough, Michael Reeder, Smithone, Van Minnen and Johnny Sampson (check out his series Creative Differences if you’re an artist—hilarious, but true.)

 

7.     As a designer, what is the most challenging part of your job? What is the most rewarding?

Other than our content writer hounding me to get this done…the most challenging part is trying something I have never done before, making it work, and then improving upon it. There are times of doubt and depression. It can get dark down there, but no matter what you are making it’s important that it is being created. This eventually leads to the times that are the most rewarding. I will be designing for a client and they’ll be ecstatic about the work that was done. What gets me amped is the client getting amped.

 

8.     What do you enjoy doing in your spare time outside of the office when you’re not creating amazing design work for Digital Hyve?

I am still designing, illustrating, and painting away from the office. I have heard this before, but design is not a job–it’s a lifestyle and I love it. Other than being in the sauce, I like collecting weird shit, walking the moose (not an actual moose, he’s a dog human), weekend warrior excursions, snowboarding, skating around, and cooking delicious foods.

buddha the dog

 

9.     What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

There will always be someone out there that is ten times better than you.

 

10.  If you could sit and have a beer with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Elon Musk. We would have some beers, play with those flamethrowers The Boring Company made, and talk about space exploration, aliens, and what the future may look like for the human race and the planet at large. Close second would be Danny DeVito.

 

connor flying kite

 

Looking for more behind the scenes moments? Check out our blog for more employee spotlight posts! Have a marketing idea you’d like to discuss? Feel free to contact us! We’re all about creating meaningful and measurable results so you can give your customers the best brand experience.