My Future Career As An Interactive Designer

crayons picture

I have been interested in design since I was a child. I still remember when I picked up a bunch of colored crayons and drew lots of images on the white wall of my mom’s home. Even though she grounded me, I’ve never been discouraged to keep drawing and I keep looking for inspiration.

I majored in Advertising and I worked for some agencies in Brazil, always in the art direction field. My last position in Brazil was as Art Director for a “Guerrilla Marketing” company. I had always worked in print media, but when I worked at the Guerrilla Marketing agency I had some interesting tasks, not related to print media — like, designing custom Facebook and Twitter pages, and also doing online campaigns. That was when I realized that I would love to work with interactive media.

Technology has always fascinated me and I realzied that it would be great to join my two passions: design and technology. That’s why I came to VFS: to learn more about Interactive Media — not only the design part, but also the user experience and information architecture side of it. I am really excited about the classes (I am learning a lot) and the prospect of working in the field that I love.

The wonderful art of Man Ray

Les Larmes Photo by Man Ray

I saw Man Ray for the first time when I was in university. My photography teacher showed the class many pictures and one really caught my attention: Les Larmes by Man Ray. What is really interesting about the picture is the contrast between something natural, like a face, and something artificial (tears and eyelashes). Also, the composition is very unique; I was not expecting to see a face photographed from this angle. It is an amazing picture.

I was so fascinated that I researched him and discovered more of his amazing works, including the Rayographs. As  a contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, Man Ray innovated with peculiar techniques. It’s worth it to check out his website and his life history. I am sure that you will be amazed by his work, like I am.

One Hot Minute for Mark Ryden

one hot minute

Mark Ryden is a great American painter and his work was important in my life. I was a huge fan of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers when I was teenager, and one day I bought their album called One Hot Minute. At that time, music was consumed as Compact Discs, and it was so much fun to buy albums because they would come with a booklet that contained artwork and lyrics.

When I saw the album’s artwork for the first time, I was impressed with the illustration. So I researched more and I learned about Mark Ryden. His work shows innocence (through his color palette and constant use of children’s themes) while at the same time also showing turbulence (through some surreal and macabre characters). To me, this contrast in his works showed exactly what a teenaged girl like myself was feeling: the transition from the childhood to the adult life.

Dave McKean and his contribution to The Sandman Series

Dave McKean Cover Art for An Issue of The Sandman

The work of Dave McKean had a big impact on my life. I remember when I was a child, around 9 years old, and I saw a beautiful comic book on my dad’s shelf. The cover was amazing but a little bit weird and scary. Curious, I decided to open the comic book and read it.

I read the whole story and I didn’t understand it very well. It was too complicated for a child. Years later, I read it again. The name of the comic book was The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman. When I read the story again I understood it and I was very impressed with how involved I became. After that, I decided to read the whole Sandman series. I am really glad Dave McKean called my attention to that wonderful universe, which influences my tastes still.