Interview with Jose Angel Cicero

Winner of Art Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Jose Angel Cicero shares insights


Interview with Jose Angel Cicero at Monday 24th of October 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
JC : I am architect and cultural promoter graduated in Barcelona, Spain. I currently combine my work in architecture with international design projects and teaching at university.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
JC : I'm interested in the aesthetics of the functional in the XXI century and the contribution of art in the design of all the things

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
JC : I always knew that my life would be linked to the design at all scales

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
JC : I am very interested in the workplace and housing

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
JC : to work without to copy anybody

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
JC : A great designer changed our world and their work becomes part of our lives

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
JC : functional, aesthetic and overall psychological aspects

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
JC : Invest in good design means finding new ways of expression, communication and selling, finally, it helps us to present ourselves in society at the forefront of sensitive knowledge

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
JC : My own home

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
JC : A portable building

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
JC : As I said, work from your ideas without copying anyone

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
JC : Study, work and be open to do everything in life

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
JC : I never think about what could it be and was not

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
JC : Order, emotion and art

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
JC : Many times we create the obstacles when we don´t clearly identify our goals

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
JC : In exhibitions, shops, in every place ...

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
JC : An exhibition of Spanish design in Lima, Perú

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
JC : Designing and building a prototype of an smart facade in an existing building

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
JC : Surprise and impress

DL: How does design help create a better society?
JC : The design makes us find new ways to solve our needs and contributes to the development of society

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
JC : Architecture and energy

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
JC : "Santander world" and their sculptures... thousands of people were seeking photographed with them

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
JC : Sustainable design and energy efficient

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
JC : Thinking of the objectives, goals...

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
JC : To create is not to copy

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
JC : Are the designers the ones that, with our work, we influence others and create trend

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
JC : Technology is part of our lives at all times is our working tool

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
JC : Autocad, Cinema 4D, Adobe Suite...

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
JC : To communicate a desired psychological perception

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
JC : I think about of the person who designed it and for what did it

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
JC : I dont believe in co-design pretty much ...

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
JC : My partner

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
JC : Forcing me to think from areas of my brain different from those that already use

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
JC : Everyone likes the recognition, I see no drawbacks

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
JC : Black, Segovia, pasta, all seasons, planes and W hotels

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
JC : I am among those who need a good coffee to start the day... and, with that and good music is usually enough to turn on my brain

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
JC : I guess ... I spent the day drawing futuristic cities

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
JC : we face the overpopulation of the planet and the scarcity of resources ... we will live in cities – states, that are likely to be buildings.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
JC : Always try to keep the curiosity to learn of all things and don´t prejudge