Interviews

Violaine & Jérémy is a Paris based illustration and graphic arts studio founded by Jérémy Schneider and Violaine Orsoni. Their main focus is on illustration, typography, graphic design, art direction, and visual identity. We caught up with the french couple to talk about design, creativity and living and working in the city.
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République Studio is an award-winning creative direction and graphic design practice based in Paris. They work with local and international clients across a diverse range of platforms and disciplines, designing brand identities, signage, publications, magazines, posters and websites. We caught up with Tom Uferas, founder and creative director of République Studio to talk about design, creativity, and living and working in Paris.
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Clara Claus is a multidisciplinary artist from France, she studied Spatial Design at Duperré (Paris) and holds a BFA from The Cooper Union (NY). She has exhibited her work internationally in cities like Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Barcelona in the form of solo exhibitions and performances. She has also collaborated with musicians such as Bryce Dessner (The National), Sufjan Stevens and Joakim, and filmmakers Margarita Jimeno and Derrick Belcham.
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Io Makandal is an interdisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg. Her work explores binaries between artifice/nature, chaos/order, utopia/dystopia real/imaginary spatialities during the Anthropocene. She is also intrigued by how human and non-human beings are evolving in hybrid environments.
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Matthias Brown is an artist and animator living and working in Jersey City, NJ. He has a BFA in graphic design from SCAD Atlanta and is the creator of TraceLoops - an animation experiment centered around hand-drawn, physical animations and experiments with the creation and perception of motion. TraceLoops has been used by a variety of brands including Converse, NBC, Hyundai, MTV, CNN, The Tate Modern, Ghostly International, and many others.
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Vrints-Kolsteren is an Antwerp based design studio led by Vincent Vrints and Naomi Kolsteren. They work locally and internationally and offer creative direction, photography and graphic design. They engage in ongoing partnerships and are creating a network of creative talent by working in a collaborative way. Recent commissions include creative direction for Arte Antwerp, ongoing photography for Knack Weekend , visual identity for the Antwerp Art Weekend and The Night of The Visual Arts, as well as the exposition design and catalogue for Mol Kiest Kunst. We caught up with Naomi and Vincent to talk about design, creativity, and living and working in Antwerp.
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Morey Talmor is a graphic designer and creative director originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, currently living and working in New York. He is the founder of Talmor & Talmor & Talmor a creative consultancy and design agency based in New York, creating work that spans multiple disciplines including branding, creative direction, design for digital platforms, editorial, packaging, and content creation.
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Brendan Fernandes is an internationally recognized artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Currently based out of Chicago, Brendan’s projects address issues of race, queer cultural, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Brendan’s projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dancer floor, part political protest...always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity.
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Carolin Wanitzek is an independent artist, scenographer and set designer based in Mannheim/Germany specialising in handcrafted illustrations, window displays and stop-motion props. She designs three-dimensional installations using a variety of materials. Working in the field of scenography she blends graphic design, set design and photography to develop concepts for extraordinary worlds. Her work has been published in digital media, magazines and catalogues. Currently she is working for national and international clients, such as Hewlett-Packard, Vodafone, Spiegel Verlag and the BASF and she is a partner at OUI R Creative Studio.
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Amber Vittoria is an illustrator focusing on femininity and the female form, leveraging physical traits such as body hair, overtly extended limbs, and rounded features. Her work has been recognized by Print Magazine‘s 2017 New Visual Artists – 15 Under 30, It’s Nice That, Computer Arts, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller, and 20×200. She has collaborated with brands, such as Gucci, The New York Times, and Instagram.
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Sydney based Artist & Designer Kris Andrew Small’s idiosyncratic collection of work ranges from lucid abstract pieces & photo-based collages, to fervent textural pieces and kinetic type based works. Kris’ work is often reminiscent of the colour and flamboyance of his childhood, growing up in the 90s in a tropical part of Australia. These early influences are clear across Kris’ portfolio and help to connect the dots and to define his energetic aesthetic.
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Ethan Caflisch is an Oakland based artist whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, art direction and design. Across all disciplines, his work explores the beauty of raw materials and is personified by bold linear and organic forms, interspersed by a graphic use of color. His arts education began at the California College of the Arts, where he graduated with an Individualized Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Visual Studies Minor in 2015. His work has been exhibited in many esteemed institutions such as Petzel Gallery in New York, Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum of California.
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Charlotte Strick is a principal at the multidisciplinary graphic design firm, Strick&Williams, founded in 2014 with her longtime friend and colleague, Claire Williams Martinez. The studio collaborates with cultural institutions and clients in the arts, publishing, education, non-profits and everything in-between. For 14 years prior, Strick was a designer turned art director at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where she designed book covers for much-loved authors like Jonathan Franzen, Roberto Bolaño, and Lydia Davis. Her work has been featured in the AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers show, the TDC Annual Exhibition, Print Magazine, and in many books about cover design. The proud owner of a coveted Silver Cube from The Art Directors Club, Charlotte is also Art Editor of the distinguished literary magazine, “The Paris Review”.
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Sean Pecknold is a film director and stop-motion artist who has created music videos and commercials for the likes of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, BBC and the New York Times. He explores existential conundrums in his work, often using mystical or surreal imagery and stop-motion and mixed-media animation. On the road is where he feels the most at home. He grew up in Seattle, spent some time living in New York, and now lives in Los Angeles. He runs Sing-Sing studio in Los Angeles with Adi Goodrich.
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Ed Templeton is an American photographer, contemporary artist, skateboarder, graphic designer and business owner. Working as a professional skateboarder in the early 90s, Ed quickly gained a reputation as an artist without any formal training. In 2000, his first book, Teenage Smokers, was published by Aaron Rose’s Alleged Press, and in 2002 he won the Italian Search For Art competition. In 1993 he founded the skateboard company, Toy Machine, a company that he still continues to own, design and manage. He lives and works in Huntington Beach, California with his wife, artist Deanna Templeton.
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Angela Santana is a Swiss artist and art director living and working in New York City. Foremost a professional artist, Santana creates large-scale oil paintings based on the vast amount of illicit imagery online, combining digital painting techniques with classical oil painting.
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Florent Manelli is a 28-year-old French illustrator based in Paris. At the age of 14, discovering the work of Andy Warhol, he decided to take an interest in the visual arts. The need to draw did not manifest itself until much later, during a trip to Montreal and the meeting of a friend who encouraged him to pursue a career in Art.
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Alice Franchetti is an independent graphic designer currently living and working between Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. From Art direction, editorial design, visual identity to illustration, her graphic design practice includes projects for clients in both cultural and commercial fields. She grad­u­ated with hon­ours from the pres­ti­gious art school ECAL, University of Art and Design, where she also teaches Graphic Design.
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Sarah Kahn is a French art director and designer based between Paris and New York. Her work mixes commissioned projects for a wide selection of clients in arts institutions, cultural events, brands and magazines. Inspired by the worlds of visual arts, sociology and innovation she is constantly experimenting with new perspectives and artistic collaborations.
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Lauren Grusenmeyer is an independent graphic designer and founder of Bureau Grusenmeyer. With a strong focus on the development of visual identities, Grusenmeyer works in the wider field of graphic design from printed matter to exhibition design and web-design. Her work is established in close dialogue with clients and ranges from cultural to commercial commissions. In addition to her daily practice, Grusenmeyer is the coordinator of the Studio Graphic Design at Sint Lucas Antwerp where she also teaches. She has lectured internationally and has led several workshops. At Sint Lucas Antwerp she conducts research and is the co-founder of the research platform ‘The Hybrid Designer’ exploring cross-over design practices.
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Francesco Ciccolella is an Austrian illustrator and graphic artist based in Vienna. His illustrations tell stories and convey ideas in the most direct yet unexpected way. His work spans from editorial to advertising, publishing, posters, book covers, animations and, most recently, sculptures. He has worked with publications such as The Guardian, Der Spiegel and The New York Times and his corporate clients include Google and IBM, amongst many others.
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Verena Michelitsch is an independent designer and art director from Austria, currently based in New York. She has worked for an array of international studios and clients, including Apple, Nasa/JPL, Facebook, Red Bull, The Smithsonian and Opening Ceremony. Verena also runs a very interesting online magazine and event series, dedicated to sleep, called Sand & Such.
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Soren Rose is a Danish interior architect and furniture designer based in New York. His designs are characterised by strong personality, natural simplicity, attention to detail and quality. He founded Soren Rose Studio in 2008. The studio specialises in interior architecture and product development. As an important part of the Danish design scene he is a permanent jury member of the annual Danish design award.
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The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invites viewers to share a role in the creative process. Autobiographical and dreamlike, Martin bridges the fine art and commercial world, as well as the objects, places and conversations of the everyday experience.
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