Interview with Stefan Lucut

27 Jul 2010

Today I want to introduce to you the young and talented Romanian-based designer, Stefan Lucut. His work is a mix of photography and vector art, combined with typography, which has a very modern and contemporary feel. He loves to use a vibrant color palette in combination with primitive shapes to create an image that speaks for itself. The result is a bold expressive collage, with a definite sense of imagination, which sets him apart.

Do you remember your first drawing and what it was? How old were you?

I started the art high school doing traditional things like drawings bottles or geometrical objects, fruits etc. Regarding graphic design, I started with messing around with filters in Photoshop, then web design at a very low level, and now illustration. I was born on May 9th 1986, so not so long ago (24 years old).

One of the images for Nike Athlete Book

How would you describe your creative process?

To be honest, most of them goes from a blank page on a desk or on my Mac. I am pretty much a freestyle designer working with what I 'upload' on my brain from all around me - inspiration (see a process here). But some project push me to the research field and too many sketches and versions of graphics. For example, I made a fashion brand and identity for a fashion designer from Romania - Ana Maria Lungu. The brand is This is LÜ and it took me 8 months to end the project. A difficult project with a lot of research and tryouts involved. But let's say I am a lucky one, and most of my clients let me do my job and I do the best of it when I start from nothing.

UU Theory
I am pretty much a freestyle designer working with what I 'upload' on my brain from all around me.

If you could choose a dream project that you could work on what would it be?

Simple. That would be posters for Theatre or Opera because I find it challenging and you always got different themes. And web design related, I would redesign Google entirely. I know a lot of people say: "Why would you want to do it, it works just fine?" or "Why does Google need a better design, because it's already mainstream and it works". Even so I have an answer for them: "If it already works and people are used to it as it is, couldn't it be better designed?" - and that's an answer with a question in it.

Marriage Party, invitation

Describe how a typical working day is like for you.

A few days a week I play tennis in the morning. Wake up at 7:30 AM and come back at 10:00 AM to start the work in the studio. I am not a time worker so when it comes, it comes and I start working, sometimes during late in the night. Recently around 19:00 - 20:00 I go out with my bike and do some chaos in town ending in a bar. I also watch the news and hang around with my cat on the couch. So nothing special just another average Joe life.

I think what charges me the most is nature. I got a lot of influence from nature: colors, composition, geometry, complexity etc.

What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?

I think what charges me the most is nature. I got a lot of influence from nature: colors, composition, geometry, complexity etc. Then I think internet is a solid source of inspiration (sites like Baubauhaus). I also go out with some graphic designers and we ended up arguing on different things or come up with crazy ideas, so I extract a lot of things from there too. Nevertheless, free weekends makes you feel like new, and when nothing works, long trips will definitely do the job.

Comments

  1. 1 Alexander Dragan 28 Jul 2010

    Great to see a Romanian-based designer on Veerle’s blog. Cool work Veerle and bravo to Stefan!

  2. 2 Nick 05 Aug 2010

    Lovely :)