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Interview with Barbara Schneider

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Barbara Schneider (BS) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Barbara Schneider by clicking here.

Interview with Barbara Schneider at Monday 14th of November 2016
Barbara Schneider
FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
BS: Currently (2016), I am based in Germany, Bremen, HB. I am working as a freelance designer and multiple media and textile artist. I am always interested in new collaborations and art/ design projects and to "join a dream team".

FS: What is "design" for you?
BS: A short reply: "Design"- a quality product with certain purpose and function, which improves our way of living - modern world - and state of art.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
BS: Cooking gloves! Actually, there was a call for designs, published at the blackboard of the University. I realized my ideas and submitted my designs: a serial of "animals", http://bit.ly/2f13oaP. A few weeks later, I received the message from the company that I was the only participant and that they cannot give me a prize, but they DO like the designs and they would like to buy the animal collection: My first sale was made. Unfortunately, no production, production is still possible. In 1988, I made some illustrations for Golfino Moden as a freelancer (briefing) and created some illustrations for their knitwear design collection.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
BS: ... paper, textiles, wood and other materials, photography, passion for printing, ........

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
BS: peaceful & comfortable environment

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
BS: Happiness! A suitable quotation is: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Confucius

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
BS: More happiness and of course more pleasure to continue designing.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
BS: Summarized: Enriching our way of living and state of art with "wonderful objects and concepts", cultivating and spreading humanity/ human rights ( i.e. : healthy and no harmful products, no child labor) and saving our planet as much as possible.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
BS: Some catchwords: new technologies and in contrast more cultivation or integration of traditional things/products and materials and the environment: new ideas to save our planet and enrich our lives, more up-cycling than recycling, objects with multiple functions, more comfort, simplicity/ minimalism, entertainment, communication and education, smaller and lighter objects ...

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
BS: Subjects: Discussion of our modern life, daily life, literature, history of art and design, humanity and recycling-upcycling . Source of inspiration: imagination, own experiences, own art/ design / photographs, studies, "lack of satisfaction"/ desire, traveling & research, music and more

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
BS: Contemporary and abstract art. Modern design.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
BS: In general the cultural heritage of Germany is interesting, thinking of art, craft, design and architecture. It was a pleasure to discuss the Bavarian culture to create "My Travel Guide Munich" and it would be also a joyful challenge to discuss further “cultures & cities”. Nevertheless, I preferred / prefer to work & live "abroad". Freedom of Art is very important.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
BS: Some suggestions are: "forcing" own creativity daily, discussion of history of art and/ or design, cultivating kind of sketchbooks, questioning state of living, etc.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
BS: It is a great pleasure and a wonderful passion and challenge. Opportunity to work internationally and worldwide.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
BS: Necessity: freedom of art and design, imagination, passion, confidence, curiosity, research, purpose, good concept, functionality, humanity, eco- friendly as much as possible.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
BS: Imagination, good sketching / drawing skills, 3D visual thinking abilities, knowledge of / interest in materials and technologies, good communication skills (presenting design, collaboration with a team or certain specialists).

FS: Who are some of your clients?
BS: International collectors, art and design lovers. Past Clients: Carol S. Levin, VIVA TV GmbH, Boltze Bazar GmbH & Co., Twelve Stars Communication Ltd., Triangle, J. A. Halbritter, Grosselfinger & Partner, Golfino Moden Design & Handels GmbH, Zuhause, F.A.Z. Golf International, Kirstein GmbH, Kulturforum Alte Post Neuss

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
BS: .....sketching, illustrations, concepts, art 4 kids/ toys (soft cloth), fashion & textiles, all kind of textile products, other

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
BS: Creating good quality designs like art 4 kids/ toys and fashion, art and other products, continuing to enrich knowledge and skills, joining a dream team and/or new creative collaborations, moving to a good/ better place.....

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
BS: Own independent art & design projects, independent Limited Editions (art/design- production), sales, participation of diverse art & design projects .

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
BS: Ongoing independent project: A Coloring book! Last realized project, It was very interesting & a pleasure to participate the kickstarter book project: I created just 2 illustrations for "Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates" by Carol Simon Levin, illustrations made by 35 artists (USA, 2016), http://bit.ly/2eA5eyI.

FS: How can people contact you?
BS: I would like to suggest that first contacts are best via e-mail and the main websites. E-mail: Sbarbara415@aol.com; http://www.coroflot.com/barbaraschneider http://www.saatchionline.com/schneider

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
BS: No. Thank you.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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