Interview with Polona Pakiz

Winner of Pet Supply Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Polona Pakiz shares insights


Interview with Polona Pakiz at Sunday 23rd of October 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
PP : I've always love nice things, smooth lines, minimalism, nature, animals, and always wanted things with purpose. So after my degree in economics, I’ve started working in building company, where I was daily meeting architect, clients, builders and noticed, that the clients are a little confused in knowing what they want, architect were mainly focused on looks of the building not so much practical view of living in this building….so I realized I would like to study Faculty of Design so I could help my clients. During my studies I started to uncover my design potentials and my love for designing.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
PP : I love to give objects a meaning, good looks, I love to give my clients beautiful a practical interior and designs.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
PP : I think that forcing someone in anything is stupid, and yes of course I’ve choose to become a designer. And I’m happy for my choice.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
PP : I design all sorts of stuff, mainly business design, so I helped many clients with their start-ups, or refreshed business, and if there is any time left I design accessories for kids and pets.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
PP : Should design from the heart.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
PP : For me, great designer is someone who stays true to himself/herself.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
PP : Good design is hart to evaluated, maybe the design is too far in the future, or too simple, but is still a good design.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
PP : To deliver a good design is a hard process, takes time, energy, lot of sleepless nights, emotional ups and downs, so it’s hard to value all this energy which was invested in any design.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
PP : Uf, I have a lot of my design sketches in my table draw, but if I had a magic stick and time travel machine I would love to spend some time with my best designer and architect Zaha Hadid.

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
PP : My dream project is making an Eco friendly, self-sufficient town, with wooden houses, green streets, kid friendly schools and Ayurveda hospital.

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
PP : Do from your heart, go with the flow and work hard.

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
PP : Every design with large contribution to nature, animal protection or fair trade community/corporation.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
PP : If your design is not a success, don’t worry, put it on aside, wait, maybe you’ll find modifications, or just needs time.

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
PP : Design is way of living, effective struggling everyday problems is a good design. You design the way of living every day, how you’ll clear your desk, tidy your room, organize a trip, all this is design

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
PP : My biggest supporters are me, myself and I. Be true to yourself any time.

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
PP : I have a long way ahead to become a great designer, small and steady steps.

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
PP : Lack of self-confidence, short in time and money, lack of courage, but need to take small steps and slowly you’ll make your progress and success.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
PP : With passion.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
PP : Still secret…..something for kids.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
PP : Stay true to yourself.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
PP : Assured, know your business, believe in your product, and trust your instinct.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
PP : Designing is always exciting process.

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
PP : All designs are like my kids. It’s impossible to answer a question which one of your kids you prefer, which one you love more.

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
PP : More trust us, the designers. I still see a lot of corporations, clients who doesn’t appreciate our work and still want to save money on designs.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
PP : Really depends on a size of a project.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
PP : First you need to know your customer in details, what they want, love, need, expect…

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
PP : Be positive.

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
PP : I’m sure that good design sets the trend.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
PP : Pencil and sketchbook, Adobe Collection, 3ds Max, AutoCad, Sketchup, …

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
PP : Using harmonious (analogous) color combinations with one or two intensive complementary colors or materials.

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
PP : Where can I buy/order it?

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
PP : Uf, I would like to have this at home.

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
PP : If your co-worker is stimulating and motivational for you and your design, than co-design is a must

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
PP : My son, my colleague, my pets.

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
PP : Mostly designers are born with the skills they own.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
PP : Zaha Hadid.

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
PP : No, it’s not hard, it’s responsible.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
PP : My favorite color is blue with all it shades. Paris is my favorite place. I love sea food. My best season is spring and autumn. The best thing is morning coffee. I love Ikea.

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
PP : The funniest thing about my design of pet bed, when I was at design fair, all kids love this bed, and wanted it for themselves.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
PP : Every day is a good day, because every day you learn something new and decide something odd so I enjoy every single day

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
PP : Yes, because I’ve always re-design all my toys or my clothes.