Hi Nitsan and Andrin. Thanks for chatting with us! How are you both?
Good, interesting times.
I’m quite good, but also happy to get a break soon.
Could you tell us a bit about your creative practice?
Usually, I will work mainly with grid and typography. It's important for me to have a strong concept and build a system around it. Then all should be in place.
My practice spans across a variety of fields. But always aiming for new structures in between disciplines such as graphic design, type design and art direction.
How has COVID-19, or 2020 in general, impacted your creativity and mental wellbeing?
I think COVID-19 helped me to balance a better work-life. In the weeks that I was unemployed, I used the time to learn new things that I wanted to do but didn't have time for. I started a project in which I designed a series of cards for people to send to each other and feel connected and I raised money for AgeUk.
I did some online courses, craft and heard some talks from around the world about things that inspired me. I found a way to expand my interests and inspiration, and for me, it's a great bonus.
You really made the most out of it! For me 2020 didn’t do much damage creatively, it even brought some new perspectives. As Nitsan said, a couple of things got more accessible, lots of talks happening over social media with great insights. In that sense, it had its perks. But at the same time, it made a lot of weak points in our system really obvious, and I felt and still feel a general unease.
What have you changed in your life lately to make it more enjoyable?
I am the least stressed. I spend more time with my family and I love it – in “normal times” we are just too busy. Also, I’ve learned to appreciate being outdoors. While WFH I try to make sure I leave the house every day, even just for a little walk.
To be honest, not a great deal. I try to be more present and appreciate the little things a bit more. Just cooking a nice dinner can already make quite the difference.
As an industry, how do you think we can better support creatives and their mental health? How do we bring about Collective Hope?
I think it would be nice to see more companies or even industries developing an agenda, that puts environmental and societal change at its forefront.
I agree with Andrin. COVID-19 shows how flexibility can work well, and it's all about being creative about it. We need to adapt to changes and see them as an opportunity.
Lastly, what has working on this project meant to you?
This project came in at a really good time. When things felt uncertain with this big change all of the sudden, including working from home, being alone, or even losing your job. Having a dialogue and creating something new together sparks a great conversation and friendship. It was exciting!
For us, it was the beginning of something bigger, a collaboration we both hope to continue.