Eric Hinote

Creative | Designer | Artist

Born in Key West, Florida and growing up on that island, I have grown into the unique perspective of seeing things as only a “Conch” can. A love for the ocean and many of the activities that accompany having saltwater run through my veins comes with the territory. This relationship with the marine lifestyle has kept me close to the coast and water most of my life. With a fishing pole, speargun, mask & snorkel, fins trunks and surfboard I’m ready for the next adventure.

As long as I can remember I have drawn, built, fixed and led creative endeavors. Whether that was Lego constructions and models to explore the imagination, skateboard ramps in the woods for our posse to shred, or just drawing and painting for the love it, I was always looking for a creative outlet to express myself. This artistic drive still pushes me today. Coming from a line of trained problem solvers, I’m pretty handy with a set of tools and always willing to get my hands dirty to get things running.

After high school I enlisted and trained as a U.S. Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Diver and UXO contractor where I was making the world safer one detonation at a time. During these tours of duty I had the fortunate opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. and in several different countries. After these tours I followed through with studies in Fine Arts and and eventually a degree in Graphic Design.

Life has settled down a little more now and during the working hours, I am a senior creative & UI/UX director. As part of this career I help build and manage teams that develop brands and products by solving business challenges through effective communication and clear user experiences. As a hands-on leader this outlet lets me explore the more technical nature of creativity and developing concepts for a specific use. But as an artist, self–exploration through the mediums and materials used is an essential part of the process.