www.breakingcanvas.com (City: Amersfoort)
OFFF SPEAKER 2013
Tell us about your blog and how you got started.
It started with an idea to give inspiration to others. A blog that represents quality > quantity, where the focus lays on something new and different every day instead of the same articles yousee on a lot of other creative blogs.
It’s also some sort of an hard drive for the things that inspire me: OtherFocus helps me to store them, network with other artists and brings me up to date with the design community. It gives a lot back.
Tell us about the day to day of running a blog.
Well actually it’s pretty quiet right now because I’ve designed a completely new layout which is now getting developed and we’re waiting till it’s done.
But normally I just post something what comes up in my mind and what inspires me.
OtherFocus isn’t a blog where contributors are forced to submit articles to every day, like I said: we represent quality over quantity.
We post articles about whatever inspires us when we want to.
Can you tell us what inspired you to become a designer?
When I was young, around the age of 8, I wanted to become a ‚creative inventor’.
Little did I know that it’s actually called a ‚designer’.
I drew the Nike logo over and over again because I loved the shape of it so much (while others were playing with barbies for example. I had zero interest in that.)
All I wanted to do was drawing and making models out of paper.
I guess you can say that the inspiration came when I was a child, pretty much like everyone.
Instead of letting the creative part go when I grew older, I’ve hold on to it.
What is the most challenging and rewarding part of being a designer?
The most challenging part is probably to please myself. I’m a perfectionist and I aim for high results.
I strive for things.
The rewarding part is the moment you’ve finished something and made something out of nothing.
You’re responsible of giving the artwork a ‚life’.
On top of that you’re making beautiful things for others to look at.
It’s a lovely job and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
What speakers are you excited to see present at the OFFF festival?
Serial cut, Jessica Walsh, From Form, Pat Perry, Mcbess, Plenty and Sougwen.
I’m excited to see them speak about their passion and their artistic journey.
What artists have inspired you recently?
Musician like Bonobo and his new album most definitely.
I love instrumental music, it helps me to focus and sets up the mood to design something great.
What inspired your OFFF + ShowUsYourType poster?
I’ve always wanted to do a calligraphy blackletter artwork.
I have this rule for myself that I always try to make something new.
I’m challenging myself to make each artwork better and different.
Showing others work that they haven’t seen of me before. Calligraphy is something I want to do more often.
When I think of OFFF and Barcelona two years ago when I was also a speaker, I remember the nice weather.
So I wanted this typographic artwork to have this summer happy feeling.
Since a year I’m making custom typography. It gives a satisfying feeling to know that you’ve made everything yourself without the help of 3rd parties (like stock images).
I’m also a big fan of fellow Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman, he’s outstanding with calligraphy and his work is a great example of how beautiful it can be.
What city would you like to see ShowUsYourType explore next?
Hmm why not The Netherlands? I would love to see some Dutch design influences like a geometrician and minimal approach. I think it could be a nice challenge.
How would you like to see your work evolve in the next 10 years?
I have no clue! Maybe having my own agency? My skills evolve every day to be honest because I’m challenging myself to come up with something new all the time.
I never stand still. I’m curious how my work would look like in 10 years and who I’ve become, lets keep it a surprise!