Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been passionate about music and theater. With a passion for organization and creating new projects, I’ve worked on organizing many parties and events. My goal is to succeed in democratizing many types of art because in the end, as André Malraux said, art is the shortest path from human to human.
If I were a song, I would be Kuku by Hilight Tribe or You Make me Feel by Sylvester
If I were an artist, I would be Serge Gainsbourgor Pierre Desproges.
If I were a book, I would be Les Dieux voyagent toujours incognito by Laurent Gounelle
If I were a dish, I would be A Raclette, even on the sunniest day
If I were a dessert, I would be A Paris-Brest.
If I were a spice, I would be A red hot chilli pepper.
If I were a sport, I would be Trekking
If I were a period in history, I would be 70’s.
If I were a movie, I would be La Grande Bellazza by Paolo Sorrentino or The Green Mile by Frank Darabont or Trainspotting by Danny Boyle.
If I were a series, I would be Bates Motel, the adaptation of Psycho By Alfred Hitchcock
If I were a verb, I would be Enjoy
If I were an adjective, I would be Curiosity
If I were one of the five senses, I would be All of them
If I were a flower or a plant, I would be Olive Tree
If I were one of the five elements, I would be Air
Someone who gives deep appreciation to little things and loves to be herself rather than being someone else as she considers anyone else is already taken. She’s a fire sign and loves everything to be on fire.
If I were a song, I would be:Je Veux by Zaz
If I were an artist, I would be:Frida Kahlo
If I were a book, I would be:The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
If I were a dish, I would be:Sweet and sour
If I were a dessert, I would be:Apple crumble
If I were a spice, I would be:Cinnamon
If I were a sport, I would be:Swimming
If I were a period in history, I would be:1990
If I were a movie, I would be:Me Before You
If I were a series, I would be:Money Heist
If I were a verb, I would be: Dance
If I were an adjective, I would be:Bubbly
If I were one of the five senses, I would be: Hearing
If I were a flower or a plant, I would be:Gardenia
If I were one of the five elements, I would be:Fire
Whether you’re working for a multinational agency, an NGO or your own start-up, there’s one thing you’re well aware of: the importance of your brand identity; not only in what you write in a post online or what kind of campaign you create offline, but also in the type of media you share on and offline alike. This is where graphic design comes in.
Graphic design, like art, dates back to cave paintings that embodied a specific time periods’ take on “graphics” and “design” together. After the 1920’s, graphic design became more about branding, logo-creation and user experiences.
Translating Graphic Design Into Words
In short, graphic design is a communication art that projects ideas using images and text. Mainly, graphic designers aim to combine type, form, and images to create posters, ads, packages, and visuals that are used in print and online media. As well, they work on motion graphics which combine animation, videography, and typography. Graphic design also includes branding, which means designing business cards, logos, or ads as well as product design and other aspects that only one person in the MAD team is an expert in!
A Few Questions With Lalik!
Queue Lalik, MAD’s very own graphic designer, who’s going to tell us a little bit about graphic design and her experience working in it! Let’s get MAD with design!
How would you define graphic design and what a graphic designer does?
A graphic designer take briefs, interprets them and works on them, starting from initial sketches to artworking for print/digital. No, a graphic designer doesn’t work only on logos and flyers, there is a lot of time and thinking behind every visual!
What made you want to be a graphic designer?
I used to collect nice designs when I was younger – magazines, flyers, books, packaging, tags, – I used to collect them in a paper bag then cut the designs I like and stick them on my bed, on the wall of my room and on A4 papers that I used to send to my friends. This led me to develop an appreciation for design, which is why i became a designer myself.
What are the most important skills a graphic designer should have?
Good knowledge of design programs, print and online production and creative thinking are essential; but also, you have to be a great listener with an eye for detail. If I were to give graduates some advice, it would be to get as much practical experience as possible. In my short career so far, I have found that I’ve learnt by doing, especially when thrown in the deep end and put under pressure.
What are the steps of your creative process as a graphic designer?
Often the things that inspire me are completely unrelated to my current assignments,
but bringing new ideas to those projects makes them all the more interesting. Keeping an open mind lets you see inspiration everywhere.
How do you think your designs communicate MAD’s identity?
First, when I started working for MAD, my designs were very minimalist. As time went by, I discovered what the brand truly stands for, their values, the identity of MAD; it got so much easier for me to get out of my comfort zone, to use colors, bold fonts and to adapt to MAD’s identity.
What’s your favorite part about being MAD’s graphic designer?
Freedom. I can go as MAD as I want. Lise and Rima, co-founders, are always open to new suggestions and they always follow my thought process and welcome my opinions. This is very important for a designer: to have the capacity of expressing what you really feel. It becomes your own baby, you always want to nourish it and help it grow.
Are you as MAD about graphic design as we and Lalik are?