Sunday, 11 December 2011


Jean Mosambi

Jean Mosambi from France:
How has your upbringing and or environment inspired you or shaped your design process?
I have always been interested in images – as a child, I used to read lots of comics. Then I started skating. Though I was better at shooting skaters than skating myself. So I went deeply into photography.  At that time skating and hip-hop were connected, I’ve discovered the graffiti scene and so on. Actually many things are linked and as I’m curious I always try to go deeper.
Who or what are some of your design inspirations?
I’m old-fashioned. Most of the things I love have been created before the 60’s – fashion, design, cinema, music – Moreover I had the chance to live in different places in the world and for sure it has an influence on me and my work.
Talk about your creative process.
Everyday I spend several hours looking for images, old ads, posters, album covers from different countries and decades. I select some of them and try to reproduce or to re-adapt them. For me it’s a dedication of all the great work that has already been done.

What I like about the work: use of imagery, type and layout, interesting images, dated sixties/seventies vintage style, stock.

Scott Albrecht

Born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in a small town called Bethlehem Township, NJ, Scott Albrecht is an artist/designer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2003, his work has been exhibited and published Internationally. In 2006, he co-founded the collective blog PROCESS, a site focused on the creative process of artists and creative individuals. A self-taught woodworker with a passion for hand-drawn typography, Albrecht utilizes classic techniques with contemporary style. Much like the organic line elements of rendering type by hand, Albrecht has found joy in the imperfections that are his own.
My proudest creative moment was… when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I had discovered my Dad’s light table and began tracing my favorite cartoon characters, mostly Looney Tunes characters at that time. I was so impressed with my newfound handy work, I decided to send some ‘originals’ to Warner Brothers. A couple months later, I received a signed glossy of Bugs and the gang with a personal message from Bugs Bunny himself saying “Dear Scott – Keep up the good work. Love Bugs”. I still have it framed in my apartment.

My greatest style influence is… my Dad. He never ceases to amaze me with just about everything he does. His drive and passion for what he does is an ongoing source of inspiration for me.

I’m currently working on… A solo exhibition titled SOMETHINGMISTAKENFORNOTHING at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco. The show is a culmination of works from the last year or so that in a nutshell focuses primarily on the idea of discarded interactions and resuscitating lost sentiment. I also just relaunched a website with a couple of friends called Process. Process is a collective blog aimed to spotlight the creative process of artists and creative individuals. The site features a wide range of content from artist features for inspiration to exclusive interviews, studio visits and more.

A day in my life is… not long enough.

The one font I never want to see again is… the one that looks like it’s been horribly photoshopped.

Things i like about Scott Albrecht's work:pattern, stock, colours, simplistic, optimism, intriguing, typeface, hand rendered.


Mikkel Sommer:

 NB: What inspires and informs your work
MS: Hard to say really. Films, books and art for the most part. I also tend to get feverishly productive after doing the dishes, which is both counterproductively constuctive and buckets of fun. As in the two words from the question, I often find that seemingly pointless information can lead to great inspiration.
NB: Tell us a bit about your process…
MS: I normally spend aeons on overthinking every step of a project. It honestly doesn’t really bring me anything solid, but is the pattern I see myself following over and over again for some reason. Never really been a big sketcher, so I usually go straight to business. This approach gives me a lot of freedom, as well as an otherwise almost unattainable intuitive energy. I’ve tried to force this expression many a time, but often failing.

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