Discover the interview of Mike Karolos, located in Athens, Greece
How did you become designer ?
Since I was a kid I really liked drawing, but I think it really all started later on in my teen years when I started doing graffiti. Once I finished school and it was time for me to decide what I was going to do with my life, I decided I wanted to be a graphic designer. So I studied graphic design here in Greece and since then i have worked in various design agencies and now work on my own as a freelancer with clients from around the world.
How would you define your vision of design, your style ?
Over the past few years I have come to evolve my style into my own signature style. Although I am a graphic designer and that is how I started my career in the design scene, I am also an illustrator and I bring that to my graphic design projects and that gives me the chance to make the projects even more unique. Regarding my style I can describe it as geometric mostly, with a Pop Art aesthetic. I have been highly inspired by Pop Art and the De Stijl movement. I could also describe it as a hybrid between Mondrian and Lichtenstein.
For the future, what are your professional projects ?
I can’t reveal all the projects right now but I can say that there are going to be quite a few packaging design projects and a lot more illustrations for both client work but also personal projects.
What do you like the most in your job ?
What I love is the creativity. Being able to do something different everyday. To make your imagination work knowing there aren’t any limits when it comes to design. There are some rules but there aren’t any limits really. But creativity can work both ways. As much as I love my job and how you are almost never bored, it can also be quite stressful for the exact same reason. You have to be constantly creative and keep evolving and that is not that easy in a daily basis. No matter how your day has been if there is a deadline you have to deliver. But there is also one more thing I like about my job and that is the mobility of it. What I mean is I love being able to work from Greece with any country from around the world. We have the internet to thank for that.