“Designer and visual artist.” Kiss Miklos described himself with these 2 simple words. How should I describe Miklos? A good designer? A modern visual artist? No! I will describe him with his own words from his personal website.
Currently the architecture, design and graphic design are his workfields. There is an outstanding aesthetic quality and strong artistic approach characterizing his implementation of work. His fine artworks define his work just as the individual perceptioned corporate identity designs and graphics (listed) under his name.
Find the interview bellow and feel free to connect with him on Twitter
Official Website: www.kissmiklos.com
Could you tell us briefly about your background? How did you get started in design and for how long have you been doing it?
“I was born in a small town in Hungary. Since my childhood I’ve been interested in arts and attended art schools from the very beginning also at the university I also majored in art. Since my childhood my goal is to carry out a Herculean tasks in the visual culture during a long life like Oscar Niemeyer’s – all in a perfect balance, with good company.”
How would you describe your approach to design?
“Everything starts in my head, as I am a very conceptual person. When it comes to design the most important thing for me is to have a strong foundation and understanding of my concept.
Every one of my designs is deeply layered with many hidden meanings. The more complex are my projects the deeper you can go into them. I’m usually searching for a historical or emotional connection, that I can communicate to the reader. It’s somewhat illusionism, a playful trick on the viewer.
Inspiration always finds me when I’m researching a certain topic, I’m constantly taking notes when traveling, and taking pictures when I’m just walking around. It is not rare that I create a project based on these notes. Sometimes misunderstanding an art, graphics or a photography also can take me to a new idea, bad solutions make me think about how I would do them better.
I feel that the our century is not really about discovering new things, it’s more about rethinking, reinventing and combining different ideas together.
The Internet gives us a great opportunity to showcase our work to anyone in the world; social and portfolio sites are used as galleries. There are living superstar artists too.
It wasn’t Picasso who invented cubism, yet if I show someone a George Braque painting, from 100 people 90 will surely think it’s a Picasso one. Same thing with a Campbell’s soup, it has to be Andy Warhol, or if we talking about Dadaism, it could only be Marcel Duchamp – even though he was more than a Dadaist.
My favorite piece of art is from Banksy, where this quote from Picasso is engraved into granite:
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This quote is perfect for our century’s art; it is about stealing and reinterpretation.”
Which project has given you the most satisfaction so far and why?
“It was the Emmaroz project – Women tailory and store. This project is really close to me, because from the graphics to the interior design I designed all elements there. The store is a great result of a very strong concept where all elements support one idea. The whole space conveys a unified, well-balanced impression.”
Could you make some predictions about design in advertising for 2015?
“I don’t really have any predictions or idea about what kind of trends will shape 2015. I’m always trying to decide the main concept for a project and according to this I create a matching visual language.
These trends usually born after creating a piece that stands out and it starts a hype.”
Could you recommend two or more resources for designers that are reading our blog? (books, blogs, websites)
“My recommendation: live with an open mind then everything should interest you. Keep yourself updated by looking at design publications, design blogs, pinterest. Than you will be able to create a personal style.
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trying to solve a problem could lead to new ways.”
Thank you Miklos!