What is your specialty?
I'd say typography and photomanipulations. Mostly because that's what I love doing. That and reading.
Where can we view your portfolio online?
I'm hosting my own at http://www.nakri.co.uk, but I never have the time to work properly on the design of it, so I keep a hosted one on deviantart (http://nakri.deviantart.com) and Behance (http://www.behance.net/nakri) as well.
What made you interested in design?
Music. I know it's cliché, but music has always been a source of inspiration. That and bastards with more skills than me. Oh yeah, I'm a competitor.
What has been your professional career path?
Up until now, it's been my degree from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and stray contacts who's been needing some work done. I've been doing some design work in a printers shop, did an identity for an IT company in Scotland, some booklet designs for a film company, some posters here and there and now I'm working as a mac operator in Norway.
Have you received any awards for your work in the field of design?
Not yet. Well, except from the fact that managed to graduate with a BA (hons) in Graphic Design. I haven't ventured into the fabulous world of competitions yet.
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
The world around me. I live in Oslo and there's always a lot to see everywhere. If I have the time, I make sure to get lost somewhere I've never been. I find so many cool things on walks like that! The world is awesome!
How would you define your design style?
Grungy and sleek? I don't know. I tend to incorporate either a lot of layers or a lot of typography into whatever I do. And it usually depends on the subject/client/idea.
How do you promote and move your work?
I try keeping myself as visible as possible. I also enjoy discussing design with others. Especially other designers. And I tend to more promote my whole field of work rather than myself. I mean, there aren't that many people out there who knows what graphic design is about, and that often ends up with the computer whizz kid getting to do sign and menu designs for the local coffee shop and using comic sans for everything. that's mostly because too many don't know that there are actually people who do those kind of things for a living, and they're out there somewhere, waiting for your call.
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
Can i say all of them?
Actually, I'm contemplating doing a new degree in marketing. Just because well, you know, visual identities are quite an interesting field, and I think marketing could develop some yet to be missing skills of mine in that department.
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
I have no main place to begin. I enjoy movement, and if I'm stuck, I tend to try going somewhere new. Maybe to a pub or an art gallery or a nice café.
What is your favourite type of customer?
The ones who knows what they want. I love people with meanings. And especially the people who realise they come to me because I am more of an expert than they are. I don't like the "I don't care, you're the expert" or "This is what I want, with this and this and some pink there and red on top of it" attitudes. Something in between, please?
Actually, I had a customer calling me once asking for three different warm tones of blue.
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
Yes. Design does not happen in a vacuum. I think it's completely justifiable to draw things you think will work in your design from another design. As long as it's not a direct copy of everything that other design is. That just means you have no creative talent for yourself.
List some things you dislike seeing in design.
Comic sans, bad kerning, bad leading, unbalanced layouts and stuff directly taken from a tutorial found in computer arts or online somewhere.
Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?
No. I believe the newer generations design in a different way. If you look at the London Underground map, you see there's some older designs that still looks great, closing in on 100 years after they were made.
We are not better than the older generations, but we're not worse either. We simply design for our time.
With which type of client would you decline in working for?
The cheap client who want to skimp on absolutely everything. I refuse anyone who wants me to spend two hours on a full brand, or anyone like that.
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
Adoeb CS3. Mostly InDesign and Photoshop, but there's also quite a bit of Illustrator. Some times I also venture into the world of Dreamweaver, After Effects and Premiere, if I want to be slightly more interactive.
Up to what point do your designs reflect your personality?
They all reflect a fragment of my personality. I always put a bit of myself into the projects I do.
Oslo - Norway