Viewing Archive ~ September, 2011

It’s time for the second obsession session with none other than one of the most inspiring and interesting people I’ve met to date, Daniel Julien. A graphic designer, actually a modern day DaVinci based out of Montréal, Canada. He knows no limits when it comes to exploring new creative boundaries, from product design, posters, identities to anything that oozes coolness, daniel does with swagger and a smile. I met him a couple months ago during a multi-week stint at creative powerhouse SidLee in Montréal while working on the next global creative campaign for adidas, I’m privileged to know such a positive person.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

x   I believe I made a Two Ply Eight Part Button Knot with the umbilical cord when i was born.  Second souvenir is probably drawing supernova military space stations and all-terrain trucks. They seemed so real in my mind — wonder how the drawings actually looked…

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

x   Probably Djing (so predictable). Been fascinated by turntables and records since I was a shorty. My father would get mad at me, I would crank some christmas disco songs and Greek dance music all day ‘eer day. Or maybe private investigator, yeah, private investigator.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

x    Mostly inspired by small things, the unnoticed. Wherever my attention deficit brings me. In crush mode when all is hectic and the deadline is giving me the cold shoulder – panic overcomes and then I realize that the solution has been in front of me all the time.

I: Share any piece of your work, recent or old and talk about it.

x    I was ask to build a logo for a collabo between Furni and Ken Diamond — Almost carte blanche. Only constraint,  It had to link Montréal and Vancouver. Printed on an hanker chief and laser etched on a pale leather wallet. Really into product design lately and many fun opportunities are coming thru.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

x    www.meteomedia.com

x    www.theworldsbestever.com

x    www.garywarnett.wordpress.com

x    www.smashingalltoys.com

x    www.thefuckingwordoftheday.com

I’ve been meaning to conduct a series of interviews with people that inspire and motivate me on a more regular basis. Enter the Obsession Sessions. Every Monday morning you can expect a new brief interview with someone that I think is simply doing something outstanding.
This week, I’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Mutch, a young uber talented graphic designer that I randomly met over the internet. We were both pleasantly surprised that we also found out that we both live in Toronto. I’ve known him for two years and he’s been inspiring me ever since.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

J: I think the first time I really fell in love with design was when I was in the sixth grade. We were supplied with these white binders to hold some of our projects for the year, and were asked by our teacher to design them. I brought in a few issues of Mountain Bike Action and Car and Driver and cut out my favourite bikes, cars and logos and decorated the hell out of that binder. I loved every minute of it. I loved aligning the logos on the spine, the loved the overlapping shapes and colours, and I loved the textures formed by the cut outs and the decoupage. It wasn’t until years later that I realized that I could do basically the same thing, for money.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

J: I was always unsure what I wanted to be. I wasn’t passionate about anything career-wise until quite late in my life. To be honest, I have completely no idea what I’d be doing. Perhaps a photographer.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

J: I find inspiration from many things, but mainly talking to friends, colleagues and fellow students. I also collect a huge amount of images from various sources online. I have found most of my strongest ideas come to me when I’m doing something completely un-design related, such as cleaning my apartment, exercising or just walking to school. Getting away from the computer, sketching out ideas and just talking about the project with friends has helped me so much, and is something I wish I started doing sooner.

Designers that are inspiring me at the moment are:

Michael Cina

Network Osaka (Derek Kim)

ISO50 (Scott Hansen)

Olly Moss

I: Share any piece of your work, recent or old and talk about it.

This piece was done for a type class last year at OCAD. I recorded 12 hours of my day and went exploring in Toronto’s west end. I documented what I saw, what I ate, who I spoke to, what I listened to, how far I walked, etc. It was a hugely challenging exercise but I felt it paid off. I restricted myself to one typeface (DIN) and 1 colour. The project took many forms before this final iteration was created, and I felt I improved as a designer in the process.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

reddit.com

ffffound.com

iso50.com

Facebook.com

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September 7th, 2011

Gallery 1988 – VideoGame Show

My artwork is going to be featured in The Video Game show @ Gallery 1988 in Santa Monica, California on September 16th. This is a promo ad I designed for the show.



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