This week I had the opportunity and honor to interview one of my most favorite designers. It’s not only a pleasure to view his works, but also to listen and read what this guy has to say. His name…..Konstantin Datz!
Have fun reading this interview.
Welcome to Iconpaper Konstantin. Would you please introduce yourself to our Iconpaper followers?
Hi, I’m Konstantin Datz, 23 years old, born in Heilbronn – Germany, student and freelance graphic designer.
Where did you learn your skills? Where do your creative instincts come from?
I started to play with graphic applications when I was a child. I think with about ten or eleven years. My father is also a designer and showed me a lot of things that were very helpful for me. But most of the skills I learned by myself.
Can you give us an insight into a typical day in the life of Konstantin Datz?
Hmm, depends on if I have semester holidays. Without: get up, coffee, bath, coffee, university courses, eat something, coffee, go home, work, eat, go to bed. With holidays: just scrub university hahah.
Although Iconpaper is a website dedicated to Mac, iPhone and iPad customization, I really wanna know the answer to my next question from you as a designer. Are you a Mac or a PC and of course why?
I don’t really like this discussion. My first PC was a windows now I’m working with a Mac pro, both have pros and cons. The outcome is much more important and does not depend on your Operating System…
Where do you get your inspiration from or go for inspiration? And how do you deal with creative blocks?
I think I got most of my inspiration from things I see in my environment. I don’t spend so much time on internet design blogs for inspiration, but when I do I use Dribbble, FFFFOUND, DMIG and Behance. In case of creative blocks I just work on another project or drink coffee.
What are your favorite online design resources?
Oops! I think i answered this already!
What’s your typical design process when designing an icon or icon set? And what makes a good icon or icon set in your opinion?
A good icon must be colorful!!! Hahah. No, hmm I think a good icon has to represent the application also has to be a good recognition value. I often have a first idea for an icon that finds its way to the final version. When not, I start to think about the most recognizable of the application of the icon.
How long do you spend on average creating an icon? What are the factors that contribute to how long you spend creating an icon or icon set?
Never made icon sets. It’s hard to say how much time I spent… depends on my ideas and if the client likes them.
What other things do you do besides designing icons?
Actual I’m studying industrial design – so I also make something with wood. Except of that I like to design almost everything.
Most designers have unusual quirks. For instance I find the best collaborator is myself and often talk to myself to brainstorm ideas and solutions. What are your quirks?
This one is hard… don’t know. Maybe I work on too much projects at the same time. I have no idea.
Quick Fire Five:
• Forrst or Dribbble? LOL! Dribbble!!!
• Comic Sans, Love it or hate it? link
• Hand drawn or Digital? Hand drawn iOS icons? or digital first sketches?
• Facebook or Twitter? Use both but I just like Twitter.
• Design for Life or Design for Pleasure? This should be connected, no good work without pleasure I guess!
Because I’m a big admirer of your work I follow you for quite some time now. What do you think is your best work (so far) and why?
That’s a very hard question… hmm I really like the Rubik’s Cube for blind persons, unfortunately I didn’t found a good way to produce it yet, so it might not be the best work. I think the best icon is the boxing glove, best poster is the Cocktails Poster but I also make a very good apple pie!
What are your plans for the near future and where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Next hard question… I already had some job offerings but I definitely want to finish my studies first, then I will see… I think USA would be interesting also Sweden. Don’t really know yet!
Can you tell us who your favorite designer is and please tell us what’s so special about him/her?
I don’t really have a “favorite” designer. I love very much out there on Dribbble or other platforms – but I think I first have a look at their work.
Please tell us what’s the last song you’ve listened to, the last movie you’ve watched and last videogame you’ve played or we should listen, watch or play and do you have any good tips for us?
Movie: Enter the Void.
Video Game: Assassins Creed Brotherhood.
Do you have experience with commercial projects and if so can you tell us something about your experience with these kind of projects?
Commercial projects are always a challenge… But it’s a good feeling to satisfy the client. I really like to work for clients most of the time.
Thanks again for providing Iconpaper with the opportunity to interview you. Can you at last share some pearls of wisdom for up and coming designers in the field?
After 10 minutes thinking about the answer I didn’t found it, sorry. Maybe just do simple things?! dunno
Thank you very much for the interview and the interesting questions!
A big thank you to Konstantin for taking his time out in making this interview possible. On deviantART and Dribbble you can find more work of Konstantin. And of course don’t forget to visit his website.