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Interview with Romulo Temigue

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Romulo Temigue (RT) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Romulo Temigue by clicking here.

Interview with Romulo Temigue at Wednesday 16th of December 2020
Romulo Temigue
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
RT: Since I was a kid I was designing things and making illustrations. For me, everything changed when I discovered Architecture and started the university to became an Architect. I really loved architecture at the beginning of the university course but, what I liked the most was the illustrations and the small things like designing a chair or a piece of furniture. That part of the course was amazing and really changed the game for me as an artist.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
RT: I'm a freelancer and I really like to design unique pieces for my clients. I started asking the clients if they would let me do a piece for them with the investment they had to buy the furniture for their homes. At the beginning I didn't charge a dime for it. The idea was to create a nice and steady portfolio for myself. Today I have made some cool pieces that I really love and I'm very proud for the oportunity that life gave me. I'm lucky!

FS: What is "design" for you?
RT: Design is what you think is beautiful for yourself. Some people likes the Eames chair, some don't. That's a fact. But in the end, everything is designed by someone who wanted to bring something cool to this crazy world. Something they knew as a piece to sit, to sleep, to eat and, now is a piece to look at and feel good just by looking.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
RT: Furniture, Interior design and Architecture.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
RT: I don't have a favorite design. The only thing I can say is that I love art in all its forms. Music, dance, Architecture, painting, drawings, movies, clothes, you name it.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
RT: I didn't get there yet. Hoping to get some designs soon.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
RT: I love working with Acrylic, wood and steel.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
RT: At night, when everyone is asleep.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
RT: I try to make something different to my eyes. Something that I also like. Also needs to be useful somehow.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
RT: I feel a huge excitment. Cause in the end, we have an idea but, we don't know if that idea will be awesome or not before we see it.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
RT: Fulfilled.

FS: What makes a design successful?
RT: When I like it! Haha!

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
RT: Good: When I like what I did. Bad: When I didn't.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
RT: Depends on the designer. Some designers want to use materials that don't hurt the inviroment. Others, don't care too much. The design is more important in the end. I think if we can find a middle ground between, the world could really benefit with it.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
RT: With tech everything is changing. We have printers that can make crazy wild designs. We have new materials and also new designers online. All this "new" that came with tech is amazing for us. With 3D images and designers, we can build everything before spend a dime.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
RT: Didn't have one yet. Hope soon!

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
RT: today I use my instagram's feed account to learn more of what's going on online. I follow a bunch of designers of different fields. Arch, painters, illustrators, tattoo artists, object designers, musicians and etc. All of them are a great inspiration on my daily basis. Thank you internet!

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?
RT: Like I said before. I get my inspos from all over the creative areas. With that said, I don't have a plan I think/design something. I just throw everything on a paper and gather materials and done! But if I had to say something about the style, I could say that I really like comtemporary design the most. Mixing materials as well.

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?
RT: I live in Brazil. Since I was a kid I really enjoyed surfing the internet for my personal goals and more understanding of the world. I think i didn't get too much of my country heritage because of my surfings expeditions online (haha). I was always looking outside my country.

FS: How do you work with companies?
RT: I don't yet.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
RT: I think every company has a style of their own. It's easier to find a designer with that style to add on their side. Or if they wanna change, cause sometimes old companies need changing, they will have to look for a designer who has a different style of their own.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
RT: I have a small sketchbook on my desk that I use often when I feel inspired. I use a pencil first to sketch the idea and then in a few days if that idea continues to amaze me somehow, I put a number and use the pen to finish it. After that, I use 3D to create the piece or ambient that I was looking for.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
RT: I like racks, chairs, sofas, lamps and tables.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
RT: I don't have a time to get off the bed, cause I also don't have a time to get in the bed. So, sometimes I go to sleep at 11:30PM and sometimes I don't sleep at all for 2 or 3 days. Usually, I sleep at 2AM and wake up at 10:00 to 12:00 lunch time. I wake up and brush my teeth and sit on my computer to get inspired. I watch youtube videos and check my instagram for some cool inspos and in the middle of everything I'm always using my sketchbook to draw some stuff that comes in my head. That process is all over the day throughout night. I only stop to eat. I really love what I do. It's a very pleasent process for me.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
RT: Think too much about design through your day. If you're in an elevator, take a look around and add everything that's inside to your "design memory". If you don't have a good memory, use your phone and take pictures of what you think it's cool. Design is EVERYWHERE! Don't miss it. If you acumulate enough, with time you won't need so much references to do your job.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
RT: You're bringing something visual to this world. Wich is awesome. People will remember you because of your visual creations. Negative is not everyone has an interst in design or don't give too much value to it. You will definitely find those people and that's okay, I guess, it's life.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
RT: Do things that make you happy. If you are happy, you can spread to others.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
RT: Creativity, curiosity, learn what you need to accomplish your work.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
RT: pen and paper. PC and 3D softs and references.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
RT: I use most of my time to design. I feel happy doing it and I really try not to spend other things that don't bring me joy on my day.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
RT: Sometimes, a hour. Sometimes, an year. But most times, a couple of hours.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
RT: How do you have the mind to create that?! What did you study? Do you like what you do?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
RT: To understand that every client has its own needs. You are there to try and gather the information and design something amazing for them based on your style and experience.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
RT: I don't have yet. I only worked with friends and other people around me.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
RT: I love objets. The small things in a home. I think that an object can be taken from one place to another. That's different for a interior design for example. The interior will be changed over time. The object can be part of another place. I think we connect more with objects.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
RT: Design more objets and try to get in the industrial area where my designs can be fabricated and people can buy it.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
RT: I started with a partner a few years ago but, now I'm creating by myself.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
RT: Not really. I design a lot of stuff during the day. Now I'm thinking more of a new portfolio and how I will deliver these new designs online.

FS: How can people contact you?
RT: On my instagram: @romulotemigue e-mail: romulotemigue@gmail.com whatsapp: +5513981067626

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
RT: I don't think so. I think your questions will gather all the info haha


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

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