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Interview with Oksana Kashkovskaya

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

Interview with Oksana Kashkovskaya at Saturday 20th of October 2018
Oksana Kashkovskaya
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?
OK: I began working as a professional photographer about five years ago and it was a real passion of me to create the perfect photos with a different graphic elemets.The follow years I began close to research the different 3D Softwares and with every year my knowledges at this area was increased, thus I could to create the interesting short animation movies. In additional, a have the graphic design background from my university degree, thus one of my big love at the design field it is to create the package design with interesting graphic elements there. I think that exactly made me the designer it is beauty around me, that I so appreciate at every moment of the beautiful day. I'm in love with the design area since my childhood and it was the really great and important part of me to create something, since drawing the pictures.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
OK: I opened my own design studio in 2018 year under the name OK DEsign studio, thus I have my own brand with my initial such as name and surname.The direct aim of my own brand is to show the unusual and interesting ways of design that I use at the different works,the using of bright colors with interaction of natural colours as white and dark. I working with package and graphic designes also there was an expereince to work with 3D animation, this design areas very close for me and i don't stop enhace my knowledges at this way.

FS: What is "design" for you?
OK: For me design is as air, without creation of interesting idea I can't start my new day.This is what i see at the shapes,colors,factures.I can be inspired by different ideas, for example background stories of companies also little stories of the history design which can be unusual and interesting always for creation the package design or animation advertising for these companies , also the real life of people and just beautiful moments at the usual life.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
OK: Most of all I adore at the design area to work on an unusual and bright idea and usually first steps to working on creating the storyboard or a sketches to find the interesting ways and after think as exactly this idea will be look after, if talk about package and graphic design. I adore the first idea that comes as a flash and after that will realize to life from simple first sketch to the real product.In additional,if talk about film production what the softwares will be used at this case. Also the complete assembling of result with using of music and special effects if necessary.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
OK: My favorite design is when all conception of project looks as one whole , when shapes and colours look as it should exist only together, when every graphic element and details of the design project have the perfect interaction with each over and look very harmonic.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
OK: My first thing what I designed was the holiday photo cards made by me with graphic elements on the photos.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
OK: I like almost the all softwares for creating my projects , because together they have more power for creating design but also I'm in love at 3D softwares.When I working on package design I prefer to use for my new product the environmental -friendly materials as glass, fiber paper, mat surface or the touchable texture, for instance as rough surface which can be felt if to touch it.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
OK: I feel creativety when I read the next requirements about new project and some ideas birth at my head at this moment and I see what exactly I can do for this project ,this is an amazing feeling of inspiration and also the all process of work on the new project does me very creative person at that moment.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
OK: Of course it is should be some interesting elements such as colors,light of pictures, contrast, shapes, textures and graphic elements what precisely will be very interesting to public, therefore this design people should remember at first sight and will leave the pleasant impression.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
OK: The emotion as a passion,happines,exciting of working moment,and so pleasant fatigue to the completed project.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
OK: This is not posible to pass all feelings in words for understanding!Too many happines that all my laboring had the success.

FS: What makes a design successful?
OK: I think it is a good and bright idea that hasn't the similar with another works of different designers.Something that can be only yours and people will be able to find out it that it is exactly your design,your style.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
OK: Probably first of all I think about good aspects,because the first that can see at the project it is how good an overal design and after this can try to find some bad sides of this project.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
OK: I think that people should see at design the main idea what can influence on the environment very positive.For instance,this can be the natural materials , thus to show how possible to save the important resources of our planet to create a good design use the environment-friendly factures, thus to show that design can looks perfect with these as well.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
OK: Absolutely yes, I think design evolve with each year. Will be creating more unusual ideas of design at the different categories.This development began not many time ago but designers try to show convenient design interacting with bright idea and new technologies already at our days, therefore this level rise up every year. The quality and convenience of products exist at the same time with side of beauty design. In additional, I think will be more simple and useful products with natural materials.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
OK: MIXED/JOINT EXHIBITIONS,Exibition of my package desig work Liqueur "Black Milk". Exibition was at the Italy, Como 2018

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?
OK: My design style can recognize via colors at the graphic elements and movie frames, I like to use the bright colours but not at the all details, for example one bright main detail against the background of other more natural items but at overal will be look very harmonic. Furthermore, very often can observe at my style the interaction of more natural colours as white colour with dark. I like to use at the package design the smooth graphic elements with natural materials texture. Besides this, If I create the design style for movie frames also will exist very often the white background there, and of course I use the interesting characters at all my projects, that exist not only for filling some hollowness but also is for important meanings of every character.

FS: How do you work with companies?
OK: My cultural co-operation with different companies is always very interesting.The all companies would like to see how their own ideas or wishes come to life at the best quality.It is always so interesting to work on new projects and after that to see how the successful results find the happy approval.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
OK: The most vast company try to enlist really very good professionals. For them most of case very important the recognized level of the designer,moreover the famous companies try to involve the famous studios for their design tasks.The awards that received the designer or studio of course important, because the professional design level confirm by international competitions and these designers can be trusted the design idea of company. Nevertheless, very often companies forget about startup talanted designers and would not like working with them because their lack the sufficient working experiense than they would like to see. I think that companies working on the good results shouldn't forget about startup designers and give them a chance because at the further it will be worth it.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
OK: When I begin working on some project I really plunge into this deeply,usually I working a lot of time on project and never forget even about little detail that can be not so important.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
OK: Usually I start my new day early and doing a lot of different affairs in a row. I have very busy day that is full of different design tasks. I try to coverage many necessary aspects of my day and spend a lot of time on my projects. My day come to the end very late but a lot of different affairs completed at that moment.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
OK: My suggestion is to working hard to achievement of the goals, moreover of course develop your skills every day at any new knowledges, this will be a good step on the way to success.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
OK: The positive sides of this is at the interesting spending of time, your imagination come to life from simple sketch and at further become the real product. In additional, the great feelings of happines that you receive from successful completion of your design work. What about negative side it is a lot of time that sometimes doesn't belong to you but it’s worth it. Thus, at this case more positive moments than not.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
OK: To trust the intuition and understand the main concepts of the tasks of project.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
OK: First of all, a patience, secondly to know about different new methods and never lose the interesting opportunities for achievement new skills, to interest about new softwares because with each years become more and more new enhancing programs for more interesting work on the projects. Apart from this, keep in eye for other very successful design projects and try to learn from these works because this enhance also your understanding at the design area.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
OK: My usually softwares is a package of Adobe and 3D softwares and of course I working only with the creative pen tablet.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
OK: At this case I have a schedule of all my time on the projects and I can complete it at time.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
OK: It is depends on what is the project,if this is a poster it can take not many time. The working on the packaging design project can take a more time because the all graphic part of the package design at the end must be collected and approved with using of ergonomic part as well. Moreover, working on the 2D animation projects of duration approximately 30 sec at the 2D space it take a time roughly 2 weeks and more, 3D animation projects is difficultly than 2D and take a time from 2 or 3 months and more.

FS: What was your most important job experience?
OK: It was the work on the package design 'Black milk"

FS: Who are some of your clients?
OK: This is different clients what doing a good work for our environment.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
OK: I adore to choose the texture of materials for products and research the new ways for enhaced the design shapes. If talk about movie and animation , at this case most of all interesting for me the final part of postproduction work with adding the music and additional speсial effects and I really enjoy of this moment.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
OK: Create more unusual and bright projects.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
OK: I develop my design myself,but working as part of team it’s a good experience as well.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
OK: Yes I have a few ideas that just at the course of work.

FS: How can people contact you?
OK: The general contact with me via my mail I always able for connection. kashkovskaya.oksana@mail.ru


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

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