INTERVIEW: David Spencer, Ogi Eyewear

What optician or optical do you admire. Why?

Globe Design and Vision, located in Holland, Michigan is an optical shop I really admire. Bob Schulze has a real passion for retail optics. He and his team always carry beautiful product--and the shop itself is masterfully decorated. On top of all that, it is located in a thriving, artsy community.

Who or what inspires you outside of the optical industry?

I am always able to draw inspiration from architecture, which has a lot in common with eyewear--they even share some of the same terminology (bridge, frame, temple, etc.). And my sense of there being an affinity between the two is deepened merely by the act of viewing architecture: it stimulates that part of my brain that allows me to think--and design--more creatively.

You win the lottery. What happens next?

I wouldn't have to think twice about it: I would come to work. Retiring isn't really appealing to me (at the moment). I do what I love to do, anyway--which is to create things. Part of the reason I don't retire is that I would want to do something creative, and this is the best way for me to do that.

Tell us about one of your favorite quotes.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

There is a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that I'm really fond of: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." The truth of this statement applies to every field and to every human, but I have found it especially true for my line of work. Failure, especially in the beginning, is bound to happen. The important thing, however, is that you do not let that push you down, but to push on anyway and continue improving despite what others may think about what you've produced.


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