Designer or Illustrator?
Or maybe something else? Being a crossmedia creator has often made people wonder what I actually do in life, both professionally & in my spare time. Often I try to give a brief insight in my daily habits, knowing I couldn't ever explain my passion for art, design & technology entirely. Most of the time the result of my hasty talk is people think I sit at a desk all day, playing videogames, reading facebook and drawing sketches a lot. Because of that - I hereby will try to gif a brief, yet complete introduction to being a designer - or atleast from my point of view.
Since childhood I've been a passionate illustrator, drawing characters, portraits, still life and from my imagination. My interests shifted over the years from figurative illustrations to graffiti, afterwards typography and game design. At this point I was studying graphic design, but I kept hungry for more. I couldn't just solely design a flyer or posters… playing with fonts and colours. I wanted to create stories, just like in videogames. At that point I decided to shift my interests back from printdesign to digital design. At this point all my interests started to grow together once again. When I create logo's for brands, I often sketch out ideas and digitalise them as a final products. Typographic guidelines are defined in a brandbook and afterwards I start visualising stories, products and platforms for digital media.
Mostly in my spare time I still enjoy illustrating by hand or creating digital content on my Wacom (drawing tablet)(as you can see in the images linked to this post), but as a professional my goal is to create, sort and combine content into structured, digital products. I listen to what the client needs and try to come up with solutions to tell their stories and bring their business online. Telling stories, mainly for brands, through websites. That is basically what I do as a designer.