In this employee spotlight, we feature Kody Goodson, one of Anthem's Designers.
Meet Kody Goodson, a connoisseur of clever nicknames.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: Besides working with our super talented team in a beautiful building with the best views in Boulder, it's getting the opportunity to create cool custom pieces for awesome brands. I'm looking forward to the day I spot some of the things I've designed out in the wild.
Q: Who had the most influence over you?
A: Definitely my grandparents. My grandma is one of the most talented, creative, and artistic people ever. She was doing design and illustration in the pre-computer era of design, as well as many published children's illustrations. Now-a-days she illustrates the occasional hidden picture for Highlights magazine, how cool is that?
My grandpa was head of the engineering department at a large corporation; he is just incredibly wise, intelligent, and has a knack for explaining huge concepts that I could understand as a young child.
Between my grandma's artistic talent and endless ideas for fun projects for us to do, and my grandfather's knowledge of so many things––we spent countless days going to history and art museums, libraries, and mini road trips around Iowa. She had a small art studio in their house where I would spend hours drawing everything from cartoons to still life portraits she'd set up for me. They have always supported and nurtured my goal of pursuing a creative career and I can say for sure that I wouldn't be here had it not been for them. Seriously, the coolest people ever.
I even got a tattoo of a diagram that my grandpa drew for me as a kid when he was explaining longitude and latitude, showing me exactly where I was born on the surface of the planet.
Q: What color best represents your personality and how does that color make you feel?
A: I'll go with the bright golden/red color of the dog hair that covers every inch of everything I own and wear. It's a constant reminder of my dog Bailey, and makes me feel thankful for whoever invented lint rollers.
Q: What is your favorite activity to do locally and why?
A: Riding my bikes around. IMO, the best thing about living in Boulder is that you can ride just about any kind of terrain you want without having to go far, from endless gravel roads, to huge elevation climbs, or rocky trails. Plus, if you plan it right, you can usually end at a brewery which always tastes better when you feel like you've earned it.
Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?
A: The Diaz Farm Taco Truck in North Boulder is too good. Seriously, go find it. It's worth it.
Q: Best concert you have ever attended?
A: That's a really tough call. I'd say it's probably a tie between seeing The Black Keys in a super hot and grungy ballroom in Des Moines, IA, and seeing OutKast back together for the first time in over a decade at a music festival outside Atlanta. That crowd was beyond hyped.
Q: What's your favorite place in the world?
A: So far, it's this exact spot in Costa Rica. Best sunset I've ever seen and the caipirnha's weren't bad either.
Q: Favorite podcast?
A: At the moment it's Armchair Expert, but nothing will ever top that first season of Serial. Not quite a podcast, but I also love everything by Vox on Youtube.
Q: Secret talent?
A: Fairly inaccurate impressions. Also, I have this thing where I can't help but name objects after people.
Examples include: my plants Treeyonce, Fernie Sanders, and Spruce Willis; pillows named Nancy Pillowsis; and my poor dog with an endless list of names––Snoozin B. Anthony, Vladimir Poopin, and Fatsy Cline. She seems to like it though.