VASJEN KATRO: SMOKEY SANS BANDIT

I believe artists and designers who have a certain style and get stuck with it, are boring. Their art or work will always be the same. I struggle with this a lot because I try to keep it fresh which is challenging. I see it as something that has to evolve over time.

By Balthazar Malevolent

VASJEN KATRO: SMOKEY SANS BANDIT

Vasjen Katro is an Albanian Graphic and UI/UX designer.

I was actually an electronic music producer. When I first got a contract with a label, they wanted to release my album, but the cover they proposed sucked so I had to design my own. I had an interest in taking photos and manipulating them and decided to make my own. The label loved the design and we kept doing it for other artists. So I began designing and making music in parallel. Later on I learned that I would need a website, so I learned to code, got into UI and UX, and got a degree in Computing Science and Multimedia. Now I am doing designs daily and no music at all.

I was really good at learning software, learning the right tools, and using programs like Ableton, Logic etc. I applied that ability to learn in design as well and then it became all about practice and consistency and dedication to get better.

I believe that there are two sides of design. There is design to solve problems, and there is design as Art. People confuse the two. I prefer to use design for both art and solving problems. The purpose of design is to solve a problem, or make you feel good or attracted to whatever someone is trying to sell even though it might be subjective as an art piece.

I don’t believe there is such a thing as “good design” in general, but I find myself spending hours working on something, and when I look back at it months or years later and I want to change something I think that’s not a good design. What I would call a “successful design” would be something that you look back at after a long time and it is still doing its purpose and you would not change it. Design has to be modular as well, change with time, but it’s main purpose is to always be the same.

I love Minimalism, because I believe it’s very difficult. I think that design has to solve a problem or it has to make you happy, to please you aesthetically, or make you feel good.

Personally I love colors, gradients and typography, but I don’t like to call it a “style.” I see it as a product, I believe artists and designers who have a certain style and get stuck with it, are boring. Their art or work will always be the same. I struggle with this a lot because I try to keep it fresh which is a challenge. I see it as a product, so I see it as something that has to evolve over time.

I love talking to people and seeing their perspectives on things, I get a lot of messages on Instagram and I communicate a lot with other designers, I think talking about design is the best source of inspiration.

Vasjen Katro

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