Aug 22, 2008
Nikolay Vanchev is a very talented 20-year-old graphic designer & art director. I was a friend to him on Deviantart but im in love with his work since he published his "Typography is not a solution"-artwork. Together with Dimo Trifonov the bulgarian launched his new website nufabric.org.You can visit them at nufabric.org Following pictures are artworks by Dimo Trifonov and Nikolay Vanchev also collaborations with other artists.
First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide abduzeedo.com with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? Pleasure’s mine Alexis. I guess it all started back in 2001-02. I was a 14-5 year old kiddo and somehow I got myself into graffiti. I started tagging the town, sketching stuff etc. In 2004 I stopped painting the streets..and year later it was my first meeting with digital art (eg. Photoshop), but at the end I’d say that the end of 2006 is the actual start of my design career. That was the time when I’ve started thinking a bit more about what I am doing, not just fooling around with abstract shapes and visuals. Rather than inundate the viewer with multi-colored, gaudy, flashy and ostentatious firework collages that are so popular with contemporary designers today I was trying to examine the spaces and moments that get lost amongst these hyper-visual explosions. Your work is pretty unique and full of creativity. Where does your inspiration come from? Mostly I explore people behavior, the way they move, act etc. Some of you will say “So you deal with their emotions”. NO! I try to stay away from emotions, not because I don’t want to be touted as an emo, but because emotions are very personal thing. I wouldn’t like somebody to explore mine, if I do not want to, so I don’t trade on people emotions. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design? I wouldn’t say I have typical way of working. It really depends, and it’s really up to what I want to reach. It’s different for every type of work. At the beginning it was all about try & error, while now it’s most about keeping the composition strong, having the concept at its right place. I think.
What are your tools of the trade, both hardware and software? You won’t be surprised – Adobe CS3 is my best friend when it’s up to creative process. Recently I’m experimenting a lot too, so I’m trying to incorporate a lot of objects – photography, installations..everything can be called design. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer? At first it’s financial part. In my country (Bulgaria), with my job as designer/art director I’m earning a lot, so that’s an advantage. Then it’s all about personality. I feel good, because at that young age, I know what I’m doing with my life and I know where I want to develop it. Tho in a society like here, where people are a bit old-aged, since the communism here ended just 20 years ago, you can be a bit misunderstood. But it’s ok. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example? Absolutely. I know it’s cliché, but it’s all about the aesthetics around you. You see them in things you never imagine. You’re standing at the office, at the street..everywhere and you realize how your daily surrounding is one actual canvas left for you, where you can experiment. Gosh, I’m sounding like somebody from the age of the Romantism.
What are your favourite 5 websites, and why? Nowadays it’s pretty hard to point just 5. WWW turned like Place number one for inspiration, news etc. I can’t imagine waking up in the morning and be without internet, shower and glass of cold milk, but I’ll try : 1. formfiftyfive.com – I like the content there, and I’m also part of the team. 2. motionographer.com – I’m addicted to good animation and motion graphics, so that’s one of my daily inspirations 3. thefwa.com – I doubt that there’s somebody who doesn’t know TheFWA J 4. inqmnd.ca – you just HAVE to bookmark it. Canadian magazine, great articles, stylishly presented 5. google.com/reader - keeping the stuff organized…and lastly I just can’t miss nufabric.org, since it’s my baby. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers? Try to look at everything, try to feel everything, catch everything around you. Constantly change yourself. Be religious, on the next day be conservative. Be radical, then forgot about all the transformations and found your own way to create.