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I set up goals for myself and tried to achieve them. Some were successful and some were not, but I never gave up and constantly strived for different solutions.

Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I was born and raised in Bialystok, which is a city in the north-eastern region of Poland. A few years ago, I moved to Warsaw and have been situated there ever since.

Apart from playing games and cleaning up my apartment once in a while, I pay the bills as a designer/illustrator and co-owner of a Warsaw-based creative agency - Ars Thanea. I'm responsible for developing and facilitating creative processes with my team. Additionally, I contribute as a content author on Reform & Revolution and Computerlove.

In the past I have worked with Max Weber, K2 Internet and lengthily as a freelancer through The Hejz.

I have had the pleasure of working for clients such as: Nokia, Nike, Playstation, Oakley, Coca-Cola, Converse, Samsung, Warner Bros, Martini and Bacardi, amongst others.

I like expressing my identity through the requirements and structure of every project. Each new job forces me to take a look at everything with a fresh eye, adapt and then release what's inside of me into that new perspective.

What do you do for inspiration?

I think inspiration is everywhere, you just need to look carefully. I try to remove myself from the screen for as long as I can, whenever I can. I love to read books in my free time or simply spend time with my girlfriend and friends.

Browsing through different blogs, websites or just checking news relevant to the creative industry is also nice when I do have to be in front of a monitor. I am also inspired by simple conversation with my colleagues. They always have great ideas and mixing these thoughts with my own often yields the most inspirational results.

Lately, I have started to write down ideas for personal pieces more frequently in case I somehow stumble across enough free time in the future to create anything for my own pleasure. It’s nice if you can go back to the concepts you came up with earlier and see if they are still good enough to execute or transform into something even more innovative.

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

These are mostly sites I visit more than once a day.

Reform & Revolution

The FWA

Cpluv

Behance

Google.com

…and the list goes on.

What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Being the co-owner of a respected creative agency at the age of 21 and doing what I love to do is a pretty nice accomplishment in my book. I know a lot of people who are not happy with their professional lives at all. I'm glad and lucky to have found my way so early on in life.

What software could you not live without?

iTunes and Photoshop - definitely. When at work, I need to listen to music all the time. It doesn't really matter what plays in the background, but something has to. I like being a little distracted when producing.

Every project needs a bit of freestyle to offset the structured nature of for-client work - great results tend to appear that way. I like to keep my head busy listening to sounds and lyrics – my hands and subconscious do the rest, I guess…That sounds weird, I know.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

We are working on key visuals for Martini Asti and Brut, Bacardi Mojito and some fun gigs together with the guys at Your Majesty…this is all next to a few projects that I'm not allowed to talk about yet.

All of these jobs incorporate a variety of illustration, print and interactive design...and yes, I don't sleep much, but I like to keep myself busy. Every new project challenges me to think differently, adapt and experiment with styles. That's the constant factor that always pushes me further.

Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?

It's hard to pick a definitive top 3 out of all the amazing studios out there, but I think my list would be:

North Kingdom

- Aside from being a bunch of really nice guys, their projects top everything else in the game. I admire their attention to detail and the absurd video quality they are able to come up with.

Your Majesty

This is a new company that is getting stronger each day. It was founded by two of the guys who inspired me most while I was just getting started with graphic design - Jens Karlsson & James Widegren

Big Spaceship

- The quality of their work is just unbelievably strong.

I'm sure there are a number of other agencies that are simply waiting for the opportunity to create something outstanding and show what they are capable of producing. Many agencies have the skills, people and ideas on-hand, they just haven’t found the one brave client that is down to try something new.

It's all matter of trust, so hopefully when the industry becomes more mature we will be able to see even more great work in circulation.

Who is your target audience?

Each individual client’s target audience is our target audience. Though, obviously, I prefer the support of everyone and anyone who appreciates good design or illustration. That is, people who share the same passions as we do but who are also unafraid of going crazy and making something that shatters boundaries.

In every project we try to take not only a step forward for our own benefit, but also to push the client’s product with more sophisticated and groundbreaking ideas.

What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

It was a black rectangle with yellow/orange tabs and works displayed in pop-up screens. I constructed it entirely in Flash and incorporated some music as well with the help of my friend.

Sadly, I lost all the files during a transfer from one disc to another and it's not online anymore.

Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?

For now I haven't, though I definitely want to write one in the future. I think it might be a great experience and a positive way to share knowledge that I’ve gathered over the years. Maybe, and hopefully, someone will find it useful.

One of my more immediate plans is to release a small book or an album with illustration work together with my friend Robert Lindstrom. Something that caps out at about 40-60 pages would work just fine.

We had a chat about this a while back, but for now each of us is too busy so the subject is kind of dead. Constantly, the hardest thing is to find more free time, sort all the details out and get things moving. Hopefully we can still do this together in the future. Fingers crossed.

What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?

Admittedly, I don't have very strong Flash skills. One time, I did an animation of a cartoon spider hanging down on his web for one of Fanta's website subsections.

It was the most advanced thing I have ever done in Flash and I'm still extremely happy with it. I spent about a day working that out and my colleges have made fun of the whole ordeal to this very day!

Unfortunately, it's no longer on-line. I still hope there to learn some more Flash and After Effects in the future.

Do you think Flash is here to stay?

You can't forecast the dynamics of technology, although I think Flash will stay here for a while. It seems to be getting better, faster and even more advanced.

What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?

I believe that anyone with talent and passion can get into the field, whether they graduate from an accredited institution or not.

Case in point, in Poland I can assure you that there are no serious design schools/universities where you can go through a decent education in our craft.

All you can do is move abroad for study - but only some can afford that, so if you don’t belong to that category you have to start learning the ropes yourself.

When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?

All we did was produce quality work. I firmly believe that's the key to success. Give the best you can and the rest will come to you in time.

How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?

I'm a self-taught guy. Practice makes perfect, as they say. When I was just getting into design and digital art, I remember spending around 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week trying to make something that made me happy.

I set up goals for myself and tried to achieve them. Some were successful and some were not, but I never gave up and constantly strived for different solutions.

As always, I think it's important these days to not copy everything that has already been done, but rather to pioneer a different path that is truly your own. Try to be original and that will allow you to be prouder of your own work, at the very least.

I think this is an appropriate time to offer my humble thanks to Shane 'Coach' Mielke and JR, who kept me going back when I was about to lose my drive.

What is the most expensive thing you have bought in the last week?

Oh, an Aston Martin DBS...haha, I wish. Actually I haven’t bought anything major, but I got a hair cut!

What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?

Mostly Boss, Hugo Boss and Armani. I'm a big fan of those brands as they never smear extra huge logos all over their pieces. Nothing too loud, nice and simple.

Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

Always be honest with everything you do. Respect yourself and your work.

It has been a privilege, thanks very much.

The pleasure is all mine - thank you.


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