An interview with Alex Trochut

An interview with Alex Trochut

In the first of our video interviews we had a chance to chat with Alex Trochut in his Barcelona studio. We asked him questions that you – our dear readers – sent us a few weeks ago.

I think this interview will set the mood for the ones to follow, a unique look into the thinking and surroundings of some of the most inspiring individuals featured on FFF.

We need to pay Dylan Mulvaney a huge amount of respect for accepting the challenging job of editing the footage and creating a visual style for the interview!

And of course we need to thanks all our readers that sent in their questions. The interview wouldn’t have been as interesting without your contribution. Below is a list of the questions answered in the interview.

Hope you like the interview!

University:
Rob — Hi Alex, ?I’d like to know where you studied, what you studied and the extent to which you think this affected the work you produce today.?Thank-you,?Rob

Client Interaction & Workflow:
Mayra Monobe — Because your work is so detailed and it takes so long to finish a piece, do you usually show the work to your client in stages? If so, how do you make them understand what the final piece will really look like? And, do you allow them to make changes in the process?

Tools of Production:
Jeff — First off, you do amazing work and are an inspiration to all of us.?What is your typical workflow? Do you normally start with pencil sketches or go straight to the computer/tablet?

Tony — Many have spoken out about the constraints that designers find themselves under creatively, due to the limiting tools that the computer provides. Do you ever feel constrained by the tools available by the computer?

Job Description:
Raymond — As a typographer what’s your favorite letter, and why?

Family History & Pressure:
Raymond — Coming from such a family tree of design, with branches like Joan Trochut & Esteban Trochut Bachmann did you feel any pressure when entering the field? How much were they an influence?

Style:
Dan Lane — Do you feel it’s important to establish a distinct style in order to achieve recognition in design?

Joakim — Hi Alex, I recently went to a lecture by Greg Burne from Big Active. Greg handle all their illustrators. He talked quite a lot about some of their illustrators struggled with re-inventing themselves, when their style/approach wasn’t the flavor of the month anymore. For example Jasper Goodall,who was the pioneer of the black/white traced vector style. Then suddenly all these extremley talented kids popping up and doing work in his style. Then he had to go on and develop his style – which I think he has done now with the latest work for Muse etc. Do you think it’s dangerous to have such a distinctive style like you have, or that your style will go out of “fashion”/popularity? And a follow up question: How do you do to keep evolving yourself and style?

Illustrated Typography:
Luke O’Neil — Do you think the current trend in illustrated type will last and if not how do you see your work progressing in the future?

Mark — You are renowned for your elaborate style. I’d like to know what is the most reduced commercial design/illustration you have created recently. And do you feel it is as successful as your more detailed works. Is minimalism a style/ethos that you would like to pursue in the future.?Mark.

“Good” Design:
John — Stefan Sagmeister seems to be thinking a lot about “good” design and how it can be used to benefit the world. A lecture I saw recently on TED.com has Philippe Starck expressing his own woe about the ephemeral nature (fatuous?) of his work in a world with so many pressing issues – do you have any similar feelings about the relation between your chosen career and it’s relevance to the troubles of today’s world?

Inspiration:
Laura — I just wondered what your main inspirations are? Does some of your work derive from childhood or dreams? It seems to have that kind of quality. Also does living in a great city like Barcelona help?

Emerging Talent:
Dan — Which, if any, new talent emerging at the moment has you thinking ‘this right here is a true original style of illustration’?

Glenn Garriock

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