Getting to Know Mike Duman


Title: Executive Vice President, Co-Creative Director
Here since: July 1985

What do you do here?
I basically sit around and color and make pretty pictures all day. Oh, and in my spare time I play pinball, listen to music and go play a round of golf. That’s actually what my friends think. The reality is, I (along wth Greg Ahrens) oversee all the creative and make sure it’s on strategy and to the standard that we as a company can be proud of.

You appear to be intelligent, so why did you choose graphic design?
Since the first time I picked up a coloring book at age 5 I knew this was the career for me.

What is your favorite memory as a track superstar at Kearney State College?
Winning the mile relay (last event) and edging out our rivals on our home track. It won us the overall NAIA District title for that year. What a high!

What is your favorite typeface?
I love all fonts … I think it’s the names that grab me. They are an art in themselves. If I had to pick one it would be Meta … clean, modern, versatile. I’m drooling!

What’s your favorite breed of dog and why?
Bulldog. Bulldog. Bulldog. Love that breed. Big, burly, affectionate and loving to all who come close. I guess they remind me of myself.

What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Sorting dirty napkins from restaurants and feeding them into a hot machine on a 100-degree day with no air conditioning. I quit after the lunch break of my first day.

If you got a magical check for all the “freebie” work you’ve done over your career, how much would that be?
Probably a couple years’ salary. Damn.

As a master chef, what is your favorite dish to prepare?
My mom’s spaghetti and meatballs is still my favorite. I love eating it and I love sharing it … just like mom.

What you makes you madder than a wet hen?
A computer crash when I haven’t saved in awhile. Nothing you can do but sit there and take it!