Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Karolina Petraityte ("KP") 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.
KP : I studied product design in Vilnius Academy of Arts and at the moment I am doing my Masters there. I finished a Erasmus exchange course in Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. During my studies worked with product and spacial design projects.
KP : I can not give a clear answer to that. I think it is some kind of creative energy inside me. It sounds stupid, but I really feel that way.
KP : I chose to become a designer in 4th grade. Why? I do not know, but that idea stuck with me till today.
KP : I design everything: products, spaces, interiors, graphics. But I wish to make a design studio only focused on designing new generation educational tools.
KP : I am not a legend. But if I have a potential, i would like to be called that way only after I am dead.
KP : Ability to see a bigger picture. A great designer has to be critical of his work and have an ability to see it in a bigger context.
KP : It instantly catches you. You just enjoy what you see and sometimes it might be enough.
KP : For teachers. To help them inspire kids to learn and value the knowledge they get.
KP : I would become some kind of management personnel, because I have an ability to lead people.
KP : Design for my is less about the beauty, it is more about a way you think. Design is a process of toughs, way of trying your best to image all possible scenarios and feel as a user would feel. Also it is all about the empathy. None of the greatest products were created only thinking about yourself. We are living in one world, and we need to design for all.
KP : My family always was and is my biggest supporter. And I will be always thankful for my best art and design teacher Albertas Krajinskas.
KP : How says that I am already great?
KP : In the most simplistic but very very clear way. Straight from the first glace everyone needs to understand what it is and what it is made for.
KP : I want to finish my Masters degree with a new potently event better educational tool.
KP : Gather a group of people that have the same desire to design and open up a design studio dedicated to technology, education and design. And be known for our ideas and designs.
KP : Designers should think more about environmental problems and educational systems. I think next step for designers should be a new sustainable way of creating and less destroying.
KP : Amazing! Why did not I came up with that idea?
KP : Team work and co-designing for me is a goal. In Lithuanian it is said: "Two heads are always better than one". I strongly believe that working together brings the best possible outcome. However, for me, with my heated temper it is hard to find someone who would stay beside me and would not take criticism as an insult.
KP : My favorite colour is dark blue. It makes me peaceful and calm. If I needed to describe my favorite place it would be and sandy island with +20 degrees al the time, basically opposite of Lithuania, where I live now. All food is amazing.
KP : Yes, it was so strange. And I always said that I will be a designer, but never talked what kind of designer. I only knew fashion design, but did not want that. So in a way I still cant put myself in any specific design field. For me all of them are overlapping.
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