Von Glitschka - Glitschka Studios [vonster]
What is your specialty?
Illustrative design in all it's various forms be it Logos, Icons, Lettering, Packaging, Posters, Pattern Design, Character Design or Illustration.
Where can we view your portfolio online?
What made you interested in design?
My fear of math. Thank you Pythagoras.
What has been your professional career path?
Student-Grunt-Junior Designer-Designer-Illustrator-Senior Designer-Art Director-Unemployed-Small Business Owner-Illustrative Designer-Creative Hired Gun-Author-Speaker-Smart Ass
Have you received any awards for your work in the field of design?
New York Society of Illustrators
Communication Arts Design
Communication Arts Illustration Annual
Coupe International Design Annual
HOW Design Magazine Feature
Dallas Society of Visual Communication & Illustration
Logo Lounge II, III, IV & V (Over 300 Logos Accepted)
Local and National Addy Awards
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
My motivating factor in life is my relationship with Christ. I also happen to think his portfolio trumps us all. Think about it, the human smile to the intricate and colorful patterns on a tropical fish. Pretty cool.
How would you define your design style?
Appropriate for the given client or project.
How do you promote and move your work?
I've found the most effective marketing method has been to use midgets and sandwich boards. Small but powerful viral marketing.
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
Animated shorts. You know, take a pair of BVD's and turn it into a character for a short film.
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
Concept is and will always be king. And marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute.
What are your sources for documentation and to generate ideas?
A hardwired software app called MyMind version 1.0
I never have to update it and it runs on any system.
Which festivals or awards in your field do you find most interesting?
I always enjoy receiving email from another designer out of the blue who has taken the time to thank me in regards to my work or a tutorial I created for www.IllustrationClass.com
What is your favourite type of customer?
The one who trusts me. Followed closely by the one who wants to pay me a stink load of money to do something I'd otherwise do for myself for free.
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
If you're doing work for Xerox it's mandatory!
Seriously though I'd need to know what meaning you're pouring into the word "copying" before I could accurately respond to this question.
If by "copying" you mean directly lifting an idea or art from another persons work and claiming it as your own then of course not.
If by "copying" you mean playing off a specific style the has been established then I think it's appropriate and acceptable.
List some things you dislike seeing in design.
Corporate driven hack design like www.logoworks.com
Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?
In general no. I think newer designers jump on the computer and look for their design rather then working out their ideas and design conceptually first. Most newer designers are lazy IMO and take the easy way out too often.
The computer has removed the speed bump of "Skill" and "Craft" that once prevented the marginal from entering this industry to make a living.
With which type of client would you decline in working for?
Low paying, high demand. (Why did screen printers come to mind?)
How do you calculate budgets for a design project?
- Type of project. (Is it something I like to do?)
- Size of company. (Smaller mean less of a budget, larger means more.)
- Investment of time. (Will this fit into my current schedule?)
- Scope of usage. (How do they want to use my art?)
- Threshold of pain. (Are they a pain in the ass to work with?)
- Return Client. (Have I worked with them before? If not ask for deposit.)
Which professionals in your field -contemporary or past- do you most admire?
Favorite all-time designer: Neville Brody
Favorite all-time illustrator: Norman Rockwell
Favorite all-time food: Anything BBQ
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
Up to what point do your designs reflect your personality?
I design so that my work is appropriate to the clients needs all the while still reflecting my own unique personality. It's a balance.
How do you distinguish passing fads from mainstays in new trends?
Ideas are what ultimately make or break design. I focus the majority of my time on the core concept. The given style applied to that concept is always changing and adapting. We are designers not decorators.
If you weren't a designer, what would you be doing?
One of three things:
- Writing Novels
At this moment, what would be your dream job or project?
I am loving what I am doing now. But if I could cherry pick a project I'd have to choose developing my own animated series for Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon.
Can you see yourself in this field twenty years from now?
Looking back on what I am doing now and cringing. All the while flying my hover craft and talking to my friends via "HoloTwitter."
Which design resources online do you frequently visit?
My favorite haunt is http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/
Von Glitschka - Glitschka Studios