Hello Jacques & Lise, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
We are currently focused on a range of smaller commissioned projects, the one up next is going to be a logo / identity design with an edgy twist, it’s going to be a lot of fun! And of course in between we always try to do some illustration work, whether it is commissioned, for ourselves, or for a design competition: Just trying to get as much of the silly ideas out there!
How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?
We guess the more you get into it, the more your taste develops as well the ability to find your own voice, color palette, you keep a better eye out on what you like and what feels fresh. Still, starting from a blank canvas, is as challenging and exciting as it was when we were just starting out.
Tell us something about your clients, do you feel there’s something different out there, I mean, a different way to approach the creative process?
Each client is a unique and interesting story, as well as their approach to the creative process. We think it’s the most fun when a client is fully open for the creative ideas we can present. If a client is already too stuck on a certain idea or vision, there’s not much of a challenge going on, the designer is more the mere executing force. We try to avoid such projects, and so we think the client’s approach to the creative process, usually matches that to the clients you seek for.
How have you handled the business side through these “horrible years”?
We’re only just starting out really, we can’t really tell how it’s been different or has changed. As we get more serious and change from part-time freelance, to full-time freelance or to our own design business, we’ll probably have a better idea about it. For now we just try to focus on the creativity and hope everything will fall into place in the future, we can dream right?
How do you choose the next project to be involved in?
Usually an interesting project comes up or sits around the corner by the time another is done. Sometimes we just like to take some time to work on personal projects like a series of art prints, illustrations, … We try to keep the balance of a variety of work and projects, so it doesn’t end up being all in one category. This keeps things fresh and exciting!
Who’s the first illustrator that comes to your mind in a second?
Kamagurka, a Belgian all-round artist, but maybe more a painter / cartoonist than illustrator… or Tony Riff a.k.a. Citizen Rifferson, an illustrator / shirt designer with a street artist vibe to his work, he draws the most crazy characters and always puts them in such a wonderful color scheme, inspiring to say the least!
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
The moment you lose sense of time and truly feel free, those are the best moments to work or think brightly!
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
Design an album sleeve for an awesome band, or a really nice book, realize some conceptual artworks that have been stuck in our heads for too long, and so much more…
Something you want the world to know about you.
Most of what we want them to know, is hopefully already translated in our work somehow ;)
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
We’re not that easily annoyed or frustrated! Only thing that comes to mind is the sometimes underrated or undervalued time or work spent on a design.
Your idea about social networks.
They are part of the times, have their pros and cons, and you are probably missing out if you are not using them, but still… there’s a certain awkwardness about this ongoing evolution.
What’s overrated/underrated today?
Overrated: Humans – Underrated: The rest of the planet