Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Zuzana Mantel (ZM) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Zuzana Mantel by clicking here.
Interview with Zuzana Mantel at Friday 18th of March 2016
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?
ZM: Yes, I create and paint from my childhood.
FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
ZM: I specialize in making mosaics, oil painting and visual communication in new media.
FS: What is "design" for you?
ZM: Design is part of life, need for aesthetic property in our life. "We are created to enjoy beauty, The beauty we create for life."
FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
ZM: I like to design things what improve not only technical property but also aesthetic appear.
FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
ZM: Right now my last one "Little Star" - glass mosaics light object, what I signet-up for A'design Award&Competition.
FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
ZM: Corporate identity logo and graphic design of product.
FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
ZM: Oil paint, Stone, Glass
FS: When do you feel the most creative?
ZM: When I receive a challenge.
FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
ZM: aesthetic, technical skill and pragmatism
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
ZM: Happy and satisfied.
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
ZM: thrill, happy and satisfied.
FS: What makes a design successful?
ZM: Need to have feedback from community.
FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
ZM: aesthetic, technical skill and pragmatism
FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
ZM: To create a meaningful thing
FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
ZM: I think there is diversity in between unification and individuality.
FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
ZM: Last exhibition was 2015 at Paris, France - Carrrousel du Louvre Salon Art Shopping 17th edition, next exhibition is In april 2016 at ArtExpo 2016 New York, NYC, USA
FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
ZM: paint light and color, emotion and vibration. I use color as form to create space. I'm interested in philosophy, numerology, symbolism, life-philosophy, religion and culture. My creation is directed by natural and humans forms. I create with love.
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?
ZM: Definition of my expression is metaphorically symbolic.
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?
ZM: I live in Prague, Czech Republic and I m surrounded by cultural heritage.
FS: How do you work with companies?
FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
ZM: Cooperation and placability. Companies can select a good designer by needs what they expect from design.
FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
ZM: setting, analysis, creation, realization
FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
ZM: Interior design, furniture, garments, jewelry, car
FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
ZM: I wake up, study new ideas, technology I look for inspiration. Make a basic day agenda. Continue create on running projects.
FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
ZM: We are created to enjoy beauty, The beauty we create for life.
FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
ZM: Positive thing - we can see to the future, negative thing is that society sometime don't see and think about future.
FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
ZM: Passion for creation
FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
ZM: pencil, notebook, computer, programs from Adobe, internet, cutters, brush, colors, electric tools, material, glue, tool box, library
FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
ZM: It is individual, when project is with customer specifications and with a time limit, I finish by the rules. When I create for myself I set to myself some a time plan a goals what I want achieve.
FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
ZM: Sometimes days sometimes years...
FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
ZM: Where I find inspiration...
FS: What was your most important job experience?
ZM: Self employ.
FS: Who are some of your clients?
ZM: companies, friends, private clients
FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
ZM: I enjoy to create decorative and applicable design items for interior.
FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
ZM: I want to build my own design brand.
FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
ZM: Now I work by myself and I m open for cooperation.
FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
ZM: I have another item in working progress and I m developing cooperation with a Lightning company.
FS: How can people contact you?
ZM: All info is available on web, by mail or phone. email@example.com / 00420608815434
FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
ZM: I like to see future more happy and colorful.
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