5 & 3/4 Questions

MARIO DE MEYER

CURRENT RESIDENCE: GHENT, BELGIUM

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: BELGIUM

DM2graphics.com

1. Describe yourself and your work.

I’m a graphic designer and letterer from Belgium, and I love to make colorful, intricate works. My main focus is typography, but I also do abstract works.

2. How did you get started?

I started working as a freelancer in 2010. Before that, I worked as a graphic designer at a software company for about ten years. I mainly did regular graphic work for local companies during my first years of freelancing, which wasn’t that satisfying—so in 2014, I  opened an Instagram account and a Behance account and started to post my personal work. Things moved really fast after some of my early works drew a lot of attention on Behance, such as the Novelty Waves series [an image from the series is shown below]. 

3. Which of your creations/projects best represents you and why?

That’s hard to answer. Most of the work I do is typographic, but I feel the work that best represents me is the Novelty Waves series, which is a self-initiated project [more images from the series are shown below].

4. What challenges are you facing in your work these days?

I think it has to be adapting—software and trends move so fast these days! 

5. What are your current obsessions?

Music and sound design have always been obsessions of mine. At the moment I’m obsessed with modular synths. They used to be out of reach because they used to cost a fortune, but these days they are getting affordable.

5¼. What is something you recently learned how to do (in your field or in any aspect of your life)?

I've been playing a lot with Adobe After Effects lately, so in my field I should probably say animation. 

In my personal life, my work plays a huge role. I work at home, which is great, but the downside is that work never seems to stop since you’re always “at the office.”  Having a new obsession/hobby really helps to split those two worlds apart.

5½. If you could meet any artist (living or dead, in any discipline/medium) for coffee and a chat, who would it be?

That’s a really hard question, as they are so many great artists. I would like to say one of the great artists like Dali, but I would probably be too scared to ask him anything, so I’ll go with Sean Booth and Rob Brown from Autechre.

5¾. What music are you listening to on repeat these days?

Music is the first thing I put on in the morning, and pretty much the last thing I turn off in the evening/night. I consume a lot of music, :-) I tend to listen to a lot of DJ sets, and my player is always in random mode. Some artists that get a lot of replays these days are William Onyeabor, Max Richter, Autechre, James Creole Thomas, Francis Harris, and Nils Frahm.


March 25, 2019