Today I am honored to publish this exclusive interview with Gianluca Giacoppo, an Italian graphic designer based in the Canarias islands (Spain). He’s got a great portfolio on the Envato Marketplaces, so I invite you to know a little bit more about him. Enjoy the reading!
Hello Gianluca, first of all I would like to thank you for providing WPCrown Magazine with this interview Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Thanks for contacting me, it is always a pleasure to know someone is interested in your works. I’m 26 years old from Milan, Italy, and after 25 years living there, I decided to move to a sunnier place: now I’m in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) in front of Morocco (but Gran Canaria is Spain, so I’m in the UE). I’m a graphic designer, I work online through Graphicriver and with some other extra clients that contact me through the Web.
How did you start with graphic design?
I’m 100% self taught graphic designer, I’ve learned everything through the Envato Networks, and still now after five years I’m working in their Network. I’m a complete “son” of their philosophy: they spread all over the Web, daily, a ton of informative and istructional videos, tutorials and articles, wich let you learn how to become a graphic designer/ illustrator / musician / developer etc.. I was there when PSDtuts.com was coming out, and that website inspired me to the road of digital art and graphic design. I think the best way to learn is to practice and follow tutorials, but mostly it deals with personal taste and passion for this field.
The workplace means very much for a designer, how is yours?
Honestly I don’t think the workspace itself is so important unless it’s a landfill, neither if you have a Pc or a Mac. Personally every place is ok, the thing that influences more your work experience is the people who you work with. The city where you live is important as well too, for example taking a break at the beach for a cople of hours, is priceless for a guy accustomed to live in the pollution and the fog. So here take some photos of my place and be envious :)
Could you describe your typical ‘start to finish’ workflow when working on a project?
Every project has different timings, and processes: I’ve collaborated in the realization of many types of projects: websites in HTML, in Flash, Apps, Videogames, generic Print Design, holographic animations in 2D and in 3D, interactive games etc..Things you learn depending on your path.There’s not a general rule, but the main steps are usually: brainstorming (bombarding a discussion with ideas), concept (defining the idea), sketches, final definition of the concept and finally the realization.
About the items I load at Graphicriver, well I don’t follow a path, I just start producing as the idea pops out: that’s the real beauty of working online. I used to work in a wonderful, young, Creative Agency wich took me into the “real” world of Graphic design, and I’ve learned all the important things about business: what a “client” is, how to make a client happy, how to follow a project in order to satisfy the client.. Then I said screw that, I work as a freelance on-line I don’t want to see clients, e-mails, reunions and all this stuff makes me nervous and stresses me. As modern graphic designers today, we have the chance to work online, and earn from the minimum required to live, to thousands of $ like some popular marketplaces authors.
What is the current item you are working on?
I’m working on some illustrations of the Earth and maybe I’ll add some infographics later on. I started this project to learn Cinema 4D, but these are definetely going to go in my Graphicirver portfolio. I show you a preview, here you can see some high resolution samples. That’s another great aspect of working at Graphicriver: I design what I want (considering what I think people would buy), with the timing I want, then I sell it the way I want. No clients, no changes in my design, no stupid opinions, no requests. Just satisfy the marketplace guidelines.
What are your influences? Where do you get inspired from?
I’ve set up my own collection of blogs and websites to follow, with the top-notch contents and I always surf them to see new threatments and concepts: I invite you to follow me on Twitter because I post constantly news about the Web and Graphic design World, with interesting inspirations and articles. Then I’m always active at Dribbble , Creattica, Behance. I think these are the best community for medium-high level graphic designers who wants to take their skills up to the top level.
What is your favourite item from your portfolio?
This one is very useful: is called Image Enlarger and is essentially a Photoshop Actions (an automatic process) wich, once loaded in your Photoshop, allows you to enlarge images up to double their size, loosing much less quality! The fact that this tool is so cheap and useful make it definetely my favourite so far, also because expensive plugins don’t generate a better result. Some users are particularly satisfied with this Tool, check it out! I also like to make Layer Styles, I think this one is one deserves a look.
Once again, thank you for the interview, as a final word, what advice would you give to the newbie designers?
If you have to work for free (or almost) because anybody makes you a contract, well go ahead and search for somebody else or start your own business: don’t wait for bad situations to get better, because your time is pretious and as a newcomer in the world of business, you’ll be easily threated as the guy who have to make the dirty job. If you’re working in a place where they’re relying on you only for minor tasks, ask for more respnsabilities! Be aware of clients who don’t pay, always ask a 50% deposit for every work, even for the smallest ones. Most clients will disappear after the first steps, so you have to be sure you covered the wasted time. Follow your interests and your passions. Bye and thanks to you!
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