100 Creatives

13: Peter Shikany

13: Peter Shikany

Peter Shikany was born in Minneapolis and grew up in central Phoenix. In the 1960s and 70s he learned to draw, surf (the other kind), and kern type, among other things. In 1989, the loss of a job at an ad agency along with his love of design led to the formation of P.S. Studios where he has been president and creative director for the last 21 years.

"We work in a great mid-century modern building designed by Al Beadle, where I am fortunate to have the most loyal, hard-working, talented team to work with," Shikany says. "Which, by the way, is the real key to success. We work hard. We stay true to our values and vision and that way we avoid becoming B.S. Studios."

Read more about Shikany and his projects after the jump ...

1. List five things on your inspiration wall:
(Can I have more than five?)

- illy espresso
- The paintings of Walton Ford
- North Shore of Oahu
- Seascapes by Hiroshi Sugimoto
- Tin toys from the 40s and 50s
- Art from Lisa Sette Gallery
- The architecture of Tadeo Ando

2. What was your last big project?
I think in the last couple years we have all found out that every project is a big project.

A few that we've been working on:
We just completed the materials for the Fall Season at Desert Botanical Garden. We are developing all the marketing materials for MIM (Musical Instrument Museum). These are two of the most amazing cultural institutions in the Valley. We are very fortunate to have them here.
We also just finished the illy café holiday catalog and an exhibition catalog for the Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.

3. What's your next big project?
I can't wait to find out.

4. Why do you do what you do?
Three good reasons to own your own design firm.

1. This is exactly what I was meant to do.
2. I live for design, art, music, and architecture
3. I think I am unemployable

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
That I love the desert. I don't even mind the summers.

What's something you don't want Phoenix to know about you?
That I would live at the beach if I could.

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97. Jane Reddin

96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

35. Cindy Dach

34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle

32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan

29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller

27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson

25. Tara Logsdon

24. Gennaro Garcia
23. Tiphanie Brooke

22. Dan Semenchuk

21. James Angel
20. Tessa Windt
19. Mitch Fry
18. Miro Chun
17. Randy Slack

16. Abbey Messmer

15. Jessica Jordan

14. Brent Bond