Interview with Patrycja Krawczyk

Winner of Graphic Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Patrycja Krawczyk shares insights


Interview with Patrycja Krawczyk at Wednesday 5th of December 2018:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
PK : The "Red Line" series is unique for me, I approached it ambitiously giving it a mataphysical expression. My other works differ in style. I graduated from the National Art High School and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. I am very happy with the illustration classes with Iwona Chmielewska, valued Polish illustrator and multimedia drawing with Elżbieta Jabłońska, famous Polish artist. They also had a big impact on me Marian Stępak and Wiesław Smużny my major advisor.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
PK : I love to create. My brain just feels better in an active than passive mode. Sometimes it is bothersome ... I can say that I never get bored and never rest and some way I can change the word.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
PK : It all began with drawing at a very young age on everything that I had at hand ... on the walls, floors. I even cut with scissors photos of images that I liked from my older sister's school textbooks and I made them my catalogs. For this I drew with my left hand, at that time it was something untidy. Today I still draw, still with my left hand and sometimes also on the walls. The horror of the family turned into a pride, and my ability to write, draw and paint with my left hand was really appreciated in Conservation of Monuments. Sometimes I do renovations of old polychromes in places inaccessible to most right-handed restorers.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
PK : Most often I deal with graphics for the needs of companies. I would like more creative projects, such as illustration or installation in the Site-specific sphere.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
PK : Do not be afraid of your own ideas.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
PK : Courage.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
PK : A really good design in my opinion it has a fresh aspect of wisdom and surprise. The standard design is "safe" or correct, the impression is that it is only a follower of proven schemes.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
PK : The value of a good project is in fact invaluable. He is the "face and soul" of what or whom it represents. Good design it means change for the better.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
PK : Something very interesting with my friends.

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
PK : These are installations based on the "Red Line" assumptions. Design studio for tattoo and illustrations along with a small art gallery. Album of synthesizer music and dedicated video.

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
PK : Be yourself. Each of us is unique like his fingerprint. Take advantage of this.

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
PK : They are Iwona Chmielewska, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Adrian Frutiger, Maurizio Cattelan, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olafur Eliasson, Jacek Malczewski, Hieronim Bosch, Harmony Korine

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
PK : For e.g.: this is illustration and graphic designs by Lili des Bellons, collage and illustration by Lola Dupre. I like their work because despite commercial orders they kept their soul. What they do is art. And the other thing is Korg Electribe MX on which I play. I have a whole orchestra under "one finger". I love his sound and design.

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
PK : A pot for cooking many dishes at once. It is practical and eco, you eat healthy and saves your time. Adobe computer software.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
PK : Listen to constructive criticism from everyone even if it comes from a layman. After that you can decide what you will do with this. You can be surprised by what you heard.

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
PK : I would make music.

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
PK : Design is not creation of nature, it is born of a compact human mind as a complete model of our practical and aesthetic needs.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
PK : Some of my professors, my friends and me

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
PK : Practise and contamplation of the work done.

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
PK : The opposition of time and money.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
PK : Depending on the work itself. So that they could sell the design.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
PK : I have a few unrealized ideas. From comics, illustrations, animations to sculptures and art installations.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
PK : Become an artist.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
PK : Good project.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
PK : Responding to the needs of society. A good design makes people feel good in contact with it. It makes them feel naturally.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
PK : Continuation of the Red Line project.

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
PK : fundamental