We had the good fortune of connecting with David Port and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was always fascinated with sports design and team uniforms from a young age. I played every single sport you can think of growing up but my love for baseball was always #1. I was grateful to continue my baseball career at Appalachian State University. In my senior year, I was given the opportunity to design a new uniform with Wilson. Through that process, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in sports and design. Seeing an idea come to life from start to finish was a very rewarding feeling.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork specializes mainly in sports design but I also do branding work for other industries. I am excited of the direction my company is going and can’t wait to share some new projects that I am currently working on. Everything hasn’t come easy and it took a long time to get confidence pitching to clients. In the famous words of Allen Iverson, “We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man.” Overcoming challenges means you have to practice over and over again until you feel confident in how you will perform. Port Design Company is the athletic design leader helping athletes build a personal brand. We achieve this through strategy, messaging, and great design.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Atlanta, my favorite spots have to be off the Beltline. I ride my bike on the Beltline everyday after work and love checking out different restaurants in Inman Park and Krog Street. Two Urban Licks is one of my favorite restaurants in the city as well as The Albert in Inman Park. The Battery is also another favorite spot to hit when the Braves are in town. If you need a sports bar to watch a game, Sports and Social at the Battery is by far the most fun to catch a game.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a lot of amazing people that have contributed to my success over the years. First, I want to thank my parents for being my #1 fan in all walks of life. They have done everything possible to put me in great opportunities to succeed in life. I want to thank all my coaches over the years that have helped me learn about discipline, respect, and hard work. Without their great leadership, I would not have the drive and work ethic to be successful in the business world. I also want to thank all of the amazing designers I have worked with over the years. Without learning from each of them, my skillset would not be where it is today.