Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Maria Bradovkova ("MB") 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.
MB : I did my BA in design, Faculty of Arts, Technical University of Kosice in Kosice, Slovakia. I have completed my MA (specialization in visual communication) in Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland. Currently, I am in the fourth year of my second master studies in painting in Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.
MB : Since childhood, I enjoyed drawing and desired to be a painter. On my way, I went through design.
MB : I am not an active designer, I actually focus on art — drawing, painting, illustration at the moment. I do graphic design occasionally.
MB : I do drawing, painting, illustration, occasionaly graphic design.
MB : I would say commitment, practice, constant development and originality, consciousness.
MB : In my opinion it should be original, fresh, practical, ergonomic, engaging, intuitive, and playful. Well-made product that answers problem of many and its conscious, sustainable, last for years.
MB : Good design serves people and environment. It's educational.
MB : In terms of illustrations, there are books and picture books of polish illustrators Iwona Chmielewska and Joanna Concejo. They use Very sensitive and poetic narration through symbols and metaphors.
MB : I am happy about my diploma project. Under supervision of prof. Władysław Pluta, together with advices regarding photography from dr. Tomáš Agat Błoński, I designed two albums — photo biography, about my aunt Antonia. Its was personal, not commercial project but it has a value for my family. Its like a memoir with archival photos together with photos I made for purpose of the album, presenting her everyday life and personal belongings. It was a challenge to collect and select material, create layout. I am very happy about the result. It has a charm, handmade touch, under supervision I did bookbinding myself. It was challenging and complex project.
MB : I would work in craft potentially. I enjoy handmade process of creating.
MB : Design for me is a good project that is conscious, attentive to people and environment.
MB : I don't consider myself great designer or artists. I am at the beginning of my path. I have met many supportive teachers and professors during my studies, and last but not least, my family and close ones.
MB : As I said, I am not a great designer or artist yet. I am a student. Time will tell, how I will transform into practise all that education I went through.
MB : I am keen on doing more personal work, illustrations and paintings.
MB : Becoming professional and live from my work.
MB : In my opinion design should be educational and conscious about the environment.
MB : If all goes well, there is a project — product design I designed when I was younger and with some help I hope it will go to the market. Beside that, I am excited when I transform my ideas into images on paper or canvas.
MB : When working on graphic design project, I always start from research, knowing the client and his expectation. When I do personal project — drawing or painting. I need a vision, then I draw a sketch to decide about the composition. As a next step I do it in colour, If I am not sure about colour palette, I do more different sketches.
MB : In my drawing and illustrations, I choose analogue techniques. I like to experiment with watercolour, ink, pencil, crayons, chalk on paper and combine it together. Recently I work with gouache on paper. I do oilpaintings on canvas too. When I do some graphic design projects, I use Adobe Package.
MB : Its important because colour creates atmosphere, mental correlations, and together with material and proportion it defines character of design. Material creates sensual experience, effects economic aspects.
MB : I am happy somebody did that!
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