My name is Grant J. Kidney. I’m an artist and social entrepreneur originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My goal is to help establish a new and better world through a combination of art, technology, and other expressive means.
I am a graphic designer by trade and currently employed by a major media company in which I intend to grow. I am also the CEO and Chief Designer at Vril Studio- a small yet ambitious graphic design firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. My intent is to foster this business exponentially over the course of the next few years, incorporating talent from all over the world and creating a truly virtual work place of the 21st century.
I am also the CEO of Vril Transport, a company which seeks to popularize the velomobile and other alternative modes of transportation as a means to establish greater independence from fossil fuels. As of late 2013, Vril Transport is in its earliest stages of development and has yet to outline its core strategy for breaking free of the startup phase and entering into the marketplace.
In addition to my pursuits with graphic design and alternative modes of transport, I am currently working with a business partner on redefining, rebranding, and growing Vrilcom Media Systems, one of my earliest of companies which served as a type of ‘umbrella’ for all projects I would undertake.
Other ventures I have mapped include a microhome company and a technology firm, both of which are designed to operate in synchronicity with my other businesses so as to produce a balanced model of philosophy and potential.
From 2008 to 2013, I had engaged in what some would define a ‘rugged’ form of Internet based political activism. Over the course of these five years, I had authored hundreds of anti-establishment news and opinion pieces and conducted numerous interviews with like-minded individuals. I also produced many politically charged YouTube videos and podcasts which are still available for anyone to see.
Several big names I interviewed include filmmaker Peter Joseph, futurist and industrial engineer, Jacque Fresco, author Federico Pistono, documentary filmmaker and producer Holland Van den Nieuwenhof, and aeorospace engineer Douglas Mallette. My work received accolades from noteworthy figures ranging from author and Huffington Post contributor Mitch Feierstein, to Shaolin grand master Shi Xing Wu.
Admittedly, most of my past pursuits could be deemed offensive to some while entertaining to others. My intent was never to hurt feelings nor to cause mere knee-jerk reactions. Rather, what I had intended for with my activism was to create a greater awareness of the world’s many problems and to motivate others toward social change. This being said, my delivery was at times both harsh and radical. As with anyone who experiences growth in their life, it is embarrassing to look back but ever so important to move forward.
Born: July 21st, 1986
Majored in: Visual Communications
Occupation: Graphic artist, entrepreneur
Skills and know-how:
- Adobe creative software
- Web design
- Sound design
- Video editing
- Content writing
- Public relations
- Public speaking
- Business management