Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Chris Slabber ("CS") 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.
CS : I was always into the arts from a young age and had fine art lessons through school and eventually went on to study Graphic Design at Cape Technicon, Cape Town, South Africa. This was when I discovered digital art. Immediately my mind opened up and I have been a student ever since.
CS : I think its something you’re born with. I wake up in the morning with only one thing in mind and that is inspire others as well as myself and in the process I grow as a person and an artist.
CS : I think design chose me. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
CS : I always enjoy anything where there is an element of fantasy or surrealism involved. I think thats why I enjoy creating posters for movies ( especially Sci-Fi) as well as album art. These kind of themes aren’t always seen so much in the more commercial jobs, but I do enjoy working on ad campaigns that require some unusual approaches.
CS : I think firstly to keep practicing and to make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes are the best way to learn. Then also they shouldn’t try to be someone else, they should develop their own style. And lastly I’d say that every designer needs to be honest with him/herself in order to produce the best work possible.
CS : I would say to refine a design. You shouldn’t just settle for the first draft. You should explore as many possibilities in order to make the best of each concept. Another thing would be to remember that its the client’s money, so be respectful and you will earn the client’s trust, which will in turn give you the freedom you want.
CS : As Mentioned before, explore as many avenues as possible for the design concept. Its game of trail and error and the little details that no one cares about. Its what you never see that makes the difference.
CS : Good design just makes more sense. People are stimulated visually, so you can determine their behaviour by what you allow them to see. Good design can make it fun for children to learn. Good design can save lives, but most important, good design can change the world.
CS : I would love to design the campaign artwork for someone like M83 (french musician). His music is very atmospheric and dream-like, which would complement my style a lot I would imagine.
CS : Its hard to say, but I wouldn’t mind creating artwork for someone like Nike or some other kind of sports brand that has a bit of an alternative edge to it. Or maybe even get into doing work for a movie production studio such as Universal.
CS : Honesty. Don’t try to kid yourself. Always be honest when you know you can do better and don’t be afraid to accept defeat.
CS : There are so many out there, but I’m still mostly inspired by the grand masters such as Da Vinci, M.C. Escher, and Renbrant to name a few. I love going back to their readings and seeing how they studied a certain subject to fully understand it form and function.
CS : I wouldn’t say I have favourite designs. I’d rather say that I get inspired by good design.
CS : This is also something i don’t really know, because every design is its own entity. I feel that once you say a certain design is your best, you will always try to better that point in your career instead of exploring your creativity.
CS : Stay humble and accept defeat when you have too. Its those everyday life lessons that shapes your mind and soul.
CS : Musician
CS : Design is a visual language. Its an abstract concept that is understood world wide.
CS : My friends have always been very encouraging, but my parents really supported me in the journey of finding my design voice and to trust my instincts.
CS : To follow my heart through thick and thin.
CS : I’d say being able to get recognised as a freelance artist in order to land the bigger design contracts.
CS : Professionally. Make effort to gain the attention you seek from the clients you want.
CS : I've been in talks with Neon Records, based in Australia, to create designs for their new releases. Its still in the early stages, but I'm always excited to design for music. Hopefully I get to build a good relationship with either the label or an artist.
CS : To always be growing as a creative.
CS : Honest hard work.
CS : By being able to inspire people to become better people. The power of good design should never be underestimated.
CS : Currently I'm conceptualising an album cover shoot for a new South African release called Crawling King Snake. The imagery will be inspired by the title: First world Problems, Third World Country. Besides that I'm in talks with Warner Brothers to collaborate on an upcoming feature, but I'm not allowed to say anything more at this stage.
CS : I’d say the ones where the client trusts you and gives you the freedom in order to be as creative as possible.
CS : To be less competitive and more supportive.
CS : To a way more global mind set. I think that more international collaborations will be happening which will see a good mixture of different styles from different corners of the world.
CS : It all depends on the brief.
CS : Research the subject material a lot!
CS : To stay as humble as possible.
CS : I think its a balance of the 2.
CS : If its the right tool for the job, I will use it.
CS : Camera, Macbook pro, Adobe suite, pen and paper.
CS : It all comes down to what you’re working on, but its using these elements to enhance the composition of a project in order to make the message as strong as possible.
CS : Can we pay you lots of money to make more - haha!
CS : I’d like to study it to understand the process behind it.
CS : I’d say someone that has a skill set that could compliment mine.
CS : Anyone who complimented my work in the past has an impact on my work, because they are the encouraging force to help me strive to create more and better work.
CS : M.C. Escher biography and the diaries of Leonardo Da Vinci.
CS : Practise and staying curious.
CS : Leonardo da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kevin Smith.
CS : I just see it as part of my job. I don’t really feel famous.
CS : Teal, Still Bay South Africa (como is a very close 2nd), Seafood, Summer, Drumkit, New Balance
CS : I’d have to say when I faked it to make it in my first job as a photo manipulator. I was asked if I am good at it, which I wasn’t at the time, and I kind of lied. I eventually got the job and ended up having to do so many tutorial through the night in order to start my first big photo manipulation job. Needless to say I learned how to swim very quickly.
CS : To feel that sense of inspiration and satisfaction at the same time.
CS : Well it was obvious that I would be part of the creative world for sure.
CS : Time travel - I hope!
CS : I’m a friendly, down to earth person. I’m always open to give advice when I’m able to and I’m always open to the idea of collaborating on a project. I always say, you won’t know until you ask.
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