Mandy Damirali is a young, enthusiastic creative director, founder of “The Design” studio that specializes in corporate identity, logo, print graphics, web design and creative illustration projects. She shares her inspirations and views on design with us!
Hello Mandy! Tell us what urged you to get involved with graphic design?

Hello EyeCandies people!
Painting is my passion. As a child, I had always wanted to evolve as a painter and was amazed at observing the works of art seen on books and exhibitions. Nonetheless, I had to consider finding myself an occupation in order to make a living, thus I took up painting as a hobby whereas I decided to combine my love for painting and creativity with design. That was the idea and so I got involve with it.

What in your opinion are the key factors to successful visual communication, especially when it comes to logo design, corporate design etc?

In two words I'd say targeted communication. To observe and comprehend the customer's needs and the different challenges of each project undertaken.

Concerning your personal projects, what fuels your inspiration? In what kind of themes are you mainly interested in?

Inspiration stems from everyday life, from art and sometimes from very simple things in life. It may vary from the pictures of a great artist, a play, a music performance, to a lonely walk in the city.
Your most recent accomplishment was? (awards, distinctions, exhibitions etc)

I was recently pleasantly surprised with the choice of "Newwebpick", a World wide e-magazine, to pick up one of my artworks as a cover for the special issue "Connection: Made in Greece-II", among the demonstration of other designer colleagues.

(This issue was a collaboration with Greek Graphic Designers Association in an effort to promote the Greek Visual Communication abroad).

What was your latest most exciting project and why?

I really can't say but the most creative projects are the most exciting ones for me. A simple project can also be very exciting when it is done for a favorite place that you are going regularly not to mention working for an artist you admire...Happiness lies in the process…
Would you share your top 5 inspiration links? (blogs, mags, other artists portfolios etc)

Too bad that most of the artists I admire don't have a website or a link..

Blogs, portfolios: 

1}  http://www.behance.net/  
2}  http://www.flickr.com/
3}  http://www.dripbook.com/
4}  http://www.zeroin.gr/
5}  http://www.yatzer.com/

Art & graphic design:

1} illustrator -  > http://www.jordilabanda.com/
2} design > http://www.artlebedev.com/
3} graphic design > http://www.arsthanea.com/
4} illustrator > http://www.colwynart.com/
5} artist - street art > http://www.vasmou.com/main.html

You can also find most of those links on my facebook page 

I share anything that interests me with people that love good design.

What else do you love to do apart from designing? Share your hobbies.

Snowboard, skating, yoga, excursions and nights out with friends, having a good time, dancing all night long :)

How do you see yourself in 10 years from now and are there any future plans you'd care to share with us?

I tend to be on the move discovering more new things and ideas. I'd like to keep up this pace as there is always good room for new experience and improvement, both in professional and private fields. And yes, I'd love to be able to combine success at work with family life ... in about 10years is a good time :P (joking) ... I think that's a challenge for every woman.

Thank you for your hospitality Aphrodite. Wishing you all the best in your achievements!

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