My few weeks at BU have been nothing short of amazing – and mind blowing. I have learned so much in so little time. BU has a great atmosphere fueled by a great team.
I’m not sure when I fell into design, but I’ve always been attracted to the visual world. I’ve always had the urge to make things. I grew up in France and a few years ago, I moved to Florida. Of course, there was something exciting about moving to a new country, but it took some time to adjust to all the changes. After months of homesickness and mispronunciations, I discovered graphic design. It was my last semester of high school and sure enough, a few months later I was enrolled at Ringling College of Art and Design to pursue a degree in Graphic & Interactive Communication. Spending four years there was an enriching experience. I loved being in a creative environment and that’s probably when I realized I was on the right path.
Of course I realized that design wasn’t only about making beautiful things. I was also drawn to its social, practical, challenging and experimental aspect. It was also a great way to satisfy my curiosity. Print was my first love and wanted to design magazines, books, posters, cool things. I discovered typography and was fascinated. Everything became an immense playground. I liked solving problems. I liked words and letters, images, colors, details. I love process – there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing an idea become something concrete. I wanted a career that didn’t feel like a 9-5 job, where I could learn everyday, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.
I have already learned a lot at BU, and I know it’s going to be a great experience. I am also getting to know NYC by exploring lovely Brooklyn and everything it has to offer. Of course I miss France a lot, but NYC already feels a lot closer to home.
Here are some of my favorite European print designers/studios. Atelier Muesli is a Paris-based studio, where they do amazing print work. They combine homemade processes, such as engraving or silk-screening, focus on materials and textures, to create refreshing and original work. They’ve been a huge inspiration from the beginning.
Aurėle Sack is a young designer based in Switzerland. I admire his typography and editorial work for its simplicity and uniqueness.
Another studio I’ve been greatly inspired by is Atelier Martino&Jaña, based in Portugal. Their work is very eclectic, fun and engaging. They successfully merge traditional and digital mediums, handwritten typography, letterpress… the dream of any print designer.