Finding Creative Direction Mini-Interview: Olimpia Zagnoli
Hello friends! I am excited to share with you my first mini-interview for the blog.
I wanted to ask a few questions to my online friends, peers and acquaintances who I believe have amazing creative practices, and can share some thoughtful ideas.
First off the outstanding Olimpia Zagnoli!!!! Olimpia is a Italian illustrator doing amazing things with beautiful shapes and forms. She has worked with the likes of The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. Without further ado, here is the mini-interview:
1. How did you decide to pursue design / illustration?
I don’t think i ever came to a point where i had to make an actual decision. I think i just kept doing what i was doing. As many other illustrators i spent most of my school years doodling during classes and basically whenever i had a pen in hand. That was kind of the first choice for me and i gave it a chance. My future careers will include being a rockstar, a pirate and a heated Coca Cola drinker.
2. Was there every a crossroads in your career where you had to make a tough decision on which way to go?
Not really. I try to always get where i want so when it comes to crossroads, i split in two and take both roads.
3. If you had one piece of advice for young designers, what would it be?
Be curious. Be critical. Be happy. Be clever. Have your own vision. Protect it. Destroy it.
Find inspiration in plants, clothes, clouds, street markets, old ladies, dusty museums and books.
4. Is there anything that you struggle within creatively, your work or your career? How do you deal with it?
Every morning i switch on the creative process the same way i do with my coffee machine. Sometimes coffee tastes really good, sometimes it’s a little hmpf.
Creatively speaking, dealing with hmpf days can be frustrating and confusing. But i think it’s part of the deal. At the end of the day, i always have the best job that was ever invented.
5. What direction are you hoping to head with your creative career in the future?
I’d love to explore other planets where i’ve never been, find new colors and see what’s hidden in the corners of my eyes and try to draw it.