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Andorka Timea Designs

Andorka Timea Designs

Today's featured designer is Andorka Timea. Andorka Timea is the creator of iconic designs such as Optics and Chromatics.

We had the rare opportunity to interview the exalted designer Andorka Timea who was recently announced as the Designer of the Day by the A' Design Award and Competition. Andorka Timea is the creator of iconic designs such as Optics and Chromatics. We got exclusive answers to our questions about Andorka Timea designs and design philosophy.
Andorka Timea, how did you become a designer?
Andorka Timea : I am interested in a wide variety of things that have connections to the world of ideas and creativity. This realm allows me to experiment with the experiments of others and with my own thoughts. I consider book design as a mode of reflecting on texts, a kind of interpretive activity. When I design a book I make use of everything I’ve ever learned.At university I studied philosophy and literature as I was interested in the nature of human thought: how the different conceptual and cultural systems grow and develop from each other, how they are in an everlasting dispute, constantly changing and forming each other and us. I had to read a lot during these years, and meanwhile, I started to become more and more interested in the object that carries the written text: the book itself. This was the core moment when I decided for the making of the books. Thus I started to study typography and graphic design....
Andorka Timea, what are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
Andorka Timea : There is an interesting relation between design and time… both the book cover and the chocolate box are packaging, yet we don’t usually throw out the former. It’s not a problem if we can see when a book was made, but we must be prepared, because it might be looked at and used for decades. Luckily, I can often make things, which have to withstand the test of time and also have to fit the current trends, since it gets put on the shelf now. I often find this balance when I combine contemporary graphic designing trends with more classical, manual techniques, like paper cutting, item collage, paper marbling, origami etc....
Andorka Timea, which emotions do you feel when designing?
Andorka Timea : Whether it is a musician, a writer, or a theatre director, it is always a pleasure for me to adopt other people’s way of thinking and to translate the problem that they raise to the language of graphic design. I know I have done my job well when the person for whom I have done the interpreting is satisfied with my voice. This is a risky attempt in each and every case, but taking risks is one thing I love....
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Andorka Timea, what particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
Andorka Timea : The skills which I didn’t just acquire in school, but from the many experiences I had can be basically one of two types: the ability to quickly change my point of view is strategically important to see the connections, the love of manual labour, especially working with paper, is important in practice. Immanuel Kant had an effect on the structure of my thinking, Claude Monet on the way I view colours. Seeing the buildings of Richard Rogers made me think about why the houses we live in aren’t just boring boxes and through the clothes of Alexander McQueen I realized, that clothes are the best at representing the era we live in. I can thank Sir David Attenborough for the knowledge that Planet Earth is blue, and through the life-work of David Bowie, I learned how creative the human who fell to Earth....
Andorka Timea, what is your growth path? what are your future plans? what is your dream design project?
Andorka Timea : Basically, I already have my dream job in my life, I am lucky. I became a graphic designer so I can create designs for museums, book publishers and theatres, and this dream became a reality thanks to ten years of hard work. In the future I want to work so I don’t have to wake up from this dream....
Andorka Timea, what are your advice to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Andorka Timea : My experience is that a good idea is rarely enough. Hard work cannot be escaped. This is why it is meritable to work in a team. It is good to work with people from whom you can learn, ask for advice, discuss ideas, argue, criticise and who happily drink an encouraging cup of coffee with you if nothing else seems to help....
Andorka Timea, you are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
Andorka Timea : I have read something appealing at the David Bowie is exhibition about Brian Eno’s advice to Bowie: when the band gets stuck, he said, one of the musicians should pick an instrument that he has never used before from a hat and change. This will immediately reorganise the groups’ way of thinking.I constantly remind myself to follow this advice when I feel jammed in my process. I think it is extremely important to be able to change one’s approach. It is nearly impossible to renew and look at problems from a fresh point of view without this magic hat....
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Andorka Timea, what is your day to day look like?
Andorka Timea : My days are organised along two kinds of routine: there are the days when I do the designing work. These days are quite unusual as I like to work at night when all is silent and I do not get disrupted by the noise of the everyday. During the day I really do not pay attention to anything except for my dog. And then there are the days which are more conventional: those ones when I start preparing for a bigger task. Following the morning coffee I leave for meetings and professional sessions, have lunch with friends, go to the cinema or theatre in the evening. ...
Andorka Timea, how do you keep up with latest design trends? to what extent do design trends matter?
Andorka Timea : I read a lot of design magazines on a daily basis and I pay attention to online portfolios by creative professionals. But since the contemporary design cannot be separated from architectural, technological or fine art solutions I try to keep up with the novelties of all the other areas as well. The good thing in graphic design is that a surprising inspiration can come from anywhere; a movie title, an old book or even a well furnished display window can be inspirational, you only have to keep an eye open....
Andorka Timea, how do you know if a product or project is well designed? how do you define good design?
Andorka Timea : The most important thing for me is to be deliberate. I don’t like art for art’s sake, just because something looks good, or is a good idea, doesn’t make it a good design. It is important to bear in mind what the product is for, and this has to be in unison with the planning ideas. It is certainly not a problem if the client/costumer can’t see this endeavour, he only sees the ease of the solution. Personally, I like a lot of aesthetic styles, it can be minimalistic, retro, recycled or baroque, but it has to be smart and well made. It this case one twist is more than enough....
Andorka Timea, how do you decide if your design is ready?
Andorka Timea : It is never ready. But there is always a moment, usually the deadline, when it is time to stop. By that time one has to speed up to maximum and get the best out of all ideas in the given circumstances. The results are usually quite impressive, but I often feel that I could have done even better....
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Andorka Timea, what is your biggest design work?
Andorka Timea : I just recently finished my most challenging job so far. We were making a book for a partly architectural, partly fine art project after it had been judged at a lot of renowned professional forums, including the at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. It is about a city planned around a nuclear power plant which was built at the end of the 60s. People still live here to this day, but the city was reconstructed many times. The Armenian architect and the German artist both wanted us to make a post modern book which always speaks about the same place, yet doesn’t repeat itself. It stays interesting like Calvino’s Invisible Cities. It took almost a full year until we could edit the book – made from archived photos, architectural drawings, recent photos and analogue art illustrations – to be exciting. Utopia and Collapse. Rethinking Metsamor – The Armenian Atomic City was an enormous challenge. ...
Andorka Timea, who is your favourite designer?
Andorka Timea : I probably spend most of my time with checking book designers latest works. I consider David Pearson’s Great Ideas series as a milestone in book cover design. The idea of involving the reader in the interpretation process by using some ingenious typographic solution rather than dully depicting the protagonist that would just whisper silently on the shelves instead of screaming, still impresses me today. Looking around in a bookstore in London, one will see dozens of bookcovers that would have never been created without the legendary series.And this was not the first idea of the publishing company that set style eternally. I would have loved to travel together on the train to Basel with Allan Lane, Penguin Books publisher who was visiting Jan Tschichold in Switzerland in 1946 where they soon upset completely people’s perception of reading books uncomfortably and developed paperback release to perfection. I am genuinely curious what they could achieve with today’s technics and possibilities....
Andorka Timea, would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
Andorka Timea : I like meeting people from othet cultures, you can always learn from these meetings – either something good, or bad. I love London, for me it is the centre of the world. A lot of people from different cultures live together in the biggest city of the island and they try to grab onto the Victorian traditions using their own cultural roots. Almost every breathing moment there is something to wander at. This variegation impacts design, and these designs have an effect on the people’s expectations and quality of life. Here, for example, I think about environmental consciousness. With proper information, people easily give up on unnecessary plastic packaging, particularly, if they get something neat instead. The architects and the designers started reacting to this global challenge surprisingly fast. We never had this much responsibility before…...
Andorka Timea, would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
Andorka Timea : Once David Pearson said in an interview that a whisper is always more suggestive than a scream. The fact that I am more of a whisperer comes from my stature. I don’t like to rush down my clients or my colleagues with a strong, indigestible impulse. Most places need the latter, but luckily, the people who find me usually think the same way as me....
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Andorka Timea, what are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Andorka Timea : Working in the cultural area is quite often an opportunity for pro bono and charity works. A newly formed theatre company or an underground slam poetry festival cannot afford as much as an already successful performer, just as a skill development program that organises innovative technology workshops for young children is in the same situation. But they all have their ideas and expectations how they wish to show up at the market, what message to communicate by their brand. I like participating in such projects; it is also a chance to form and develop. ...
Andorka Timea, what positive experiences you had when you attend the a’ design award?
Andorka Timea : A serious international competition is an important feedback about my work, and if what I’m doing is heading in the right way. The objective eyes of the jury see the plan from different viewpoints from the biased designer, and if at one of these competitions the jury reinforces, that my work has original ideas, the execution is good and it represents professional quality, than I can continue my work with more enthusiasm. I’m happy, that I could take part in it....
Andorka Timea, what is "design" for you?
Andorka Timea : For me design is the way of life....

Andorka Timea, what kinds of works do you like designing most?
Andorka Timea : For me designing books is like designing a church for an architect: the top of graphic design. You need all your knowledge and courage to elaborate with the necessary accuracy the labyrinth-like structure from the mass of letters and the white paper and still preserve its aesthetics and grace. Most books are unfortunately not designed with such a careful manner, but one can learn something from all books.... Andorka Timea, thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you... To learn more about Andorka Timea and check more designs by Andorka Timea as well as to see more Andorka Timea designs such as Optics and Chromatics visit
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We hope you enjoyed our interview of Andorka Timea. This interview was made possible by the contributions of A' Design Award and Competition - The World's largest and most influential design accolade. A' Design Award is an annual, international design award open to both concept stage and realized works by designers, artists, architects and brands worldwide. A' Design Award and Competition aims to create a public awareness and understanding of good design by promoting the best designers such as Andorka Timea and their design works worldwide. Visit to learn more.

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