Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Yuri Lee ("YL") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
YL : I studied illustration and animation as a major at Kingston University and graduated in 2014. Since graduation I started to work as an illustrator and graphic designer mainly for national clients.
YL : When I was a kid, I always wanted to draw, paint and to work in a creative way. Illustration and graphic design is one of the most effective way for me to show the way I’d like to work.
YL : I chose to become a designer on my own.
YL : I like to design something, which is related with an interesting story and a character such as children’s picture book and graphic novel.
YL : I think I’m not a legend yet. I’m still on the way and need to try more in a better way. What I want to say to young designers is to be open-minded in every subject and to have diverse experience.
YL : I think a great designer doesn’t afraid of new challenges and is willing to collaborate on a work with people in different field.
YL : One of the most important point is perhaps whether it is designed for users and consumers. And whether it has something unique among other designs.
YL : Good design is not just selling more products but also contributing to a better life for people.
YL : If I have enough time I would like to make a graphic novel about an interesting story and a unique character for the young generation.
YL : As I said before, I hope to spend more time to make a graphic novel about the subject everyone can be in sympathy with.
YL : I don’t have the secret recipe of success in design. But I think passion and attitude to be ready to learn in every field is one of the most significant part of success in design.
YL : I admire Lisk Feng. She is already one of the most famous illustrator and graphic designer around the world. I can feel all the passion and the hard working background in her work. There is style but also a lot of skills.
YL : I love almost all the work of Lisk Feng. Her unique illustration style and design talent overwhelmingly inspires me.
YL : My favorite work is Moulin Rouge UI design. I learned a lot about UI design and new technics and feel like I grew as a better graphic designer.
YL : I think people should be open-minded in all aspects and need to learn from the mistakes and successes of others.
YL : I would be a painter.
YL : Design is a useful tool to express someone’s ideas, philosophies, and values.
YL : My family, friends, and co-workers.
YL : To be open-minded and the attitude to learn from the mistakes of the past.
YL : I’m still trying to be a design master. I guess one of the biggest obstacles is low confidence on my work.
YL : Designers precisely need to show their design philosophies and values in their products for users and customers.
YL : My future project will be making a children’s picture book. I hope that it will be an exciting one.
YL : I hope that I would be a better graphic designer and illustrator.
YL : A unique style of artworks and a professional end product.
YL : Good design could help people to make their lives more beautiful and enjoyable.
YL : I’m currently developing a children’s picture book about the kid wearing a tuxedo. It is the project that has a strong component of drawing and illustration that excites me.
YL : Of my own works, Moulin Rouge UI design. I won silver a design award for the project. During making it, I could learn a lot of new design skills and UI system for consumers.
YL : UX/UI design in mobile experience would have more important part for designers and mobile users
YL : More and more people use mobile devices on their daily lives such as iphone, ipad, galaxy tab and so on. So, I think that all the design related to mobile experience would have an important role around the world.
YL : It depends on each project.
YL : I already started to research for the next project which is the children’s picture book about a kid wearing tuxedo. I’m trying to draw and sketch a lot of kid characters mainly in my house and sometimes in a cafe.
YL : Ready to be in making exciting artworks.
YL : I think It’s interaction between designs and trends.
YL : Technology is an efficacious tool for artists to create new designs and to present it for the public around the world. New technology has affected a lot of artists, designers and even the public.
YL : I mainly work with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for artworks.
YL : All these elements like color and materials are a crucial part for almost every design projects. According to the ability to deal with color and materials, design results could be totally different.
YL : I hope that people give me a helpful feedback to develop my works better.
YL : I feel happy when I look at great design works. And it really inspires me to do new projects.
YL : It depends on each project. Sometimes, collaboration with other people would be beneficial to get better results.
YL : My friends at the art school. They always have supported my ideas and works.
YL : Lots of children’s picture book and graphic novel published by Nobrow and Flying Eye Books.
YL : I think practice is vital. Attitude to keep trying and not to be afraid of failure is also an important part.
YL : I would choose Picasso.
YL : It is very honored. And if you have talents, it wouldn’t be so hard to be famous.
YL : My favorite color is dark blue and black, my favorite place is the house with my cats, my favorite season is winter, my favorite things are my two cats and my favorite brand is apple.
YL : When I see a great comic book or graphic novel, it is very inspired me.
YL : I always wanted to be a great designer or artist since childhood but I didn’t have a confidence. However, I knew I always thought everything in a different and creative way among other people.
YL : In the future, the way people live would have a huge alteration because of new technology and environmental change. In my suggestion, mobile experience would be a necessary part for everyone’s lives.
YL : Thank you for all your curiosity.
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