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Ruben Alcantar - Graphic Designer
The website you’re on right now? Thank Ruben. The new packaging designs? That’s Ruben. Some of the memes on our social media? That’s Ruben, too! Big Dipper products and branding would probably look like something out of Microsoft Paint if it wasn’t for Ruben.
The best piece of advice Ruben was ever given was given to him by his grandfather. They were traveling cross country in unfamiliar roads and had been driving for hours in the middle of nowhere Arizona so the first Truck stop diner looked like a five-star restaurant. Ruben did not like the food on the menu, which is when his Grandpa dropped this life advice on me, “There is three things in life you do not pass on, the chance to eat, the chance to rest, and gifts. Those things are not guaranteed, and you never know when you will get your next one.” It was his way of telling Ruben that they were not stopping for the rest of the night, but at the time he took it at as life advice.
Below are Ruben’s answers to random questions that will help you get to know him better.
- My favorite word in the English language is: Fudge.
- What are you happiest doing when you’re not at work? I am happiest when I am walking my dog on a new path. To explore strange new paths. To seek out new trees and bushes. To boldly pee where no dog has peed before!
- What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you that you still tell people about today? It was December 23rd, 2014. I went into a Sports Authority to use the bathroom. This Sports Authority was a few miles from Los Angeles, and it was two stories tall. I was having trouble finding the bathrooms, so I went to the checkout desk to ask an employee where the bathrooms were. There was a man leaning against the desk and wearing a red vest, so I mistook him for an employee and asked him where the bathrooms were. It was Rob Schneider. He seemed angry, and me mistaking him for an employee did not help. He was able to tell me where the bathroom was though! I made my way to the bathroom on the second floor. The whole time I was in the bathroom I could hear Rob Schneider yelling at the cashier because the trampoline he had ordered still had not arrived and Christmas Eve was tomorrow. Apparently, he had ordered it two months ago and they assured him that it would arrive well before Christmas. It was a surreal experience. Never again will I spend the holidays in LA.
- What is your personal motto? Explain yourself, but please do not over explain.
- If you could be ANY animal, what would it be? I would be a dog with a blog.
- If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I would be an impossible color that human eyes could not perceive because of the way they process colors.
- Anything else you’d like to be included? It was the last summer my high school friends and I would all be together. We were all going to different colleges in the fall. At night we snuck into a cemetery that was on the outskirts of town. We all had some family members buried there so we were respectful. I think we were just there for the thrill of being somewhere we were not supposed to be. The cemetery was very calm and still. We needed that. The summer after high school can be stressful. We are expected to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives at that age, and there is pressure from parents. You could be nervous about college. Being 18 is not a fun time, kids talk to you like you are an adult and adults talk to you like you are a kid. But being there in that Cemetery with people who had already lived their lives. It made me feel like everything was going to be okay. I worried a little less about the future that night.