Scott Dadich, BFA, Communications Design,1999, is Creative Director of Wired Magazine. He credits SMAP (Saturday Morning Art Program), bagels, and a lack of enthusiasm for Mechanical Engineering at UT for bringing him to TTU’s SoA and helping to propel his career.
Dadich’s truly meteoric assent into the publishing world is full of recognition and dazzling successes. First, at Texas Monthly where the magazine accrued 14 National Magazine Awards including the award for General Excellence in 2003 under his creative eye.
Now at Wired, he continues with his winning ways. In 2007, the magazine won the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence and followed in 2008, by winning the National Magazine Award for Design, the magazine industry’s highest design honor. Also, in 2008, he was awarded SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Magazine of the Year and elected President of SPD. Of these awards, Dadich modestly said, “It has been a good couple of years.”
A Lubbock native, Dadich attended All Saints Episcopal School and graduated from Lubbock High School. “Terry Morrow was a great mentor and I started out in his SMAP program and was there every Saturday all through high school to learn.”
“Later, when I went to Tech, Professor Morrow would look in on me to check how my classes were going. In his classes, I learned so much about drawing.”
Dadich mentions John Raspberry as a great instructor along with the Professors Frank and Jane Cheatham, both now deceased. “The first year I was in her (Jane Cheatham’s) typeography class, all lettering had to be done by hand because there was no computer lab until the next year. That next year, we began learning Illustrator and Photo Shop.”
“I draw everyday,” admits Scott Dadich, “I lean on my drawing skills and knowledge of typeography constantly in my work.”