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Interview: Andrew Kim, Minimally Minimal

Andrew Kim, Minimally Minimal: Recently, I found a blog by a young, extremely gifted designer. Titled MinimallyMinimal the blog is ran by Andrew Kim, a student at Art Center College of Design. What caught my attention was Andrew’s incredible eye for detail, such as his post on rebranding Microsoft.

Andrew has a passion for all types of design. His blog proves that. Constantly updated with new self created projects, such as his mobile clock experiment and Toyota Prius navigation system design, his motivation and work ethic made me want to try and create new projects for myself the way he does.

I don’t think I’ve reached his level of success yet.

I emailed Andrew letting him know I was planning on writing a post about him and his blog. Amazingly enough, he responded quickly, (he’s a busy guy, so I didn’t expect him to email me back at all). I had the opportunity to do a small five question interview with Andrew.

I feel that like many people that create, I’m not satisfied with anything that I’ve done. This is what drives me to work harder.

Me: What sparked your interest in the field of design? When did you start designing?

Andrew Kim: I’ve always loved to draw and paint, and I’ve always loved technology. As a child, I wanted to paint dinosaurs for a living but soon realized that wasn’t a real career choice. This is when I learned about product design. It’s perfect for me, right in the intersection of art and science. I’ve wanted to become a designer since 15 or so. I don’t think I’ve shared this before but this is when it all started: http://gizmodo.com/249670/15+year+old-designs-butterfly-concept-cellphone?tag=gadgetscellphones

Me: How has the successes of your work affected you? Does it make you strive to work harder to be more successful than before?

AK: I don’t know. I feel that like many people that create, I’m not satisfied with anything that I’ve done. This is what drives me to work harder.

Me: Where do you find your inspiration?

AK: I’m not much of an inspiration seeker. I’ve never understood design schools telling you to put up an “inspiration board”. The work I do is simply relevant to my current interests; I designed the Microsoft branding because I’m interested to see their future. I actually planned to work on something like this since this Coffee Time post.

Me: Where would you like to see yourself after you graduate?

AK: I’ll just say that I’m in talks with a number of places.

Me: Any tips for up and coming or current design students?

AK: I get emails daily about this subject, which means I should probably write about it sometime. Here are a few general lessons I’ve learned:

– You’ve got to learn from history but also be brutal about breaking away from it.

– School is a place of experimentation. Don’t let the classes structure you as a designer, always be yourself.

– Get as many internships as you can, you’ll learn more from a month of internship than 6 months of school. I even got one right out of high school by emailing the CEO of a company. I found this to be a surprisingly good method of getting a job. Also, never work for free but try to offer the same value as a full-time employee.

– Start a website before all of your classmates. Every internship, job offer, press coverage has come through Minimally Minimal.

One Comment on “Interview: Andrew Kim, Minimally Minimal

Madhur Dutta
January 7 at 8:57 am

“Start a website before all of your classmates. Every internship, job offer, press coverage has come through Minimally Minimal”.

Completely agree. Some of the best things that have happened in my life, in the past 1 year, wouldn’t have been possible if I wasn’t running my website.

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