What do you like most about graphic design?
I like the fact, that it is an intellectual practice, that it’s creative and concrete. I like its connection with order and I think my profession is like a horn of plenty. I also like that it is linked to industrial production, which places us designers at the heart of modern society. And it is connected to economy, unlike art our profession is not speculative. We get paid »by the page«.
You mostly focus on printed matter. Where does that passion come from?
My dad was a printer, so my passion is undoubtedly linked to him.
You have a special approach to colour and plasticity and textures play an important role in your work. Why is it so important for you to keep in touch with materiality?
Colour is fundamental in my work. I use it in a functional way (for classification and to create a hierarchy of the contents) and in a poetic way. Often the forms I create are geometric, rigid and very organised. Plasticity and poetry on the other hand come into being with the colours I use. The colours add movement to the forms, sometimes in unpredictable ways, because I allow part of the printing process to be random.
But it differs depending on the project and the content. For example in »Jardin Infini« (Infinite Garden) the green becomes really immersive and connects to the exhibition.
In »Au Soleil« (At the Sun) with the help of halos and phosphorescent effects, the colour spreads an energy that is almost immaterial. Colour becomes light. In my project »Pompidou Parade« the colour tells us something about the history and the architecture of the Centre Pompidou.
For me colour is a tool, a language I can use in different ways. I always depends on the project, because everyone has its own cosmos.
Nature also seems to play an important role in your work.
Nature inspires me a lot, because of its universal and metaphorical dimensions. Certain forms like in »La lune« (the moon) and »Le papillon imprimeur« (the butterfly printer) are universal and have a special connection to space and time.