Featured Artist Interview - Bram Timmer
Being a prominent and active figure in the creative world, he extends his creativity and expertise through web design and delevopment, e-learning and interactive media, print materials, packaging, information architecture, illustrations and photography.
He has also seen the set up and the operation of Dutch Blue Media and two/signed; which provides in-house design and development services for an award winning digital media agency, White Iron.
The world can only look forward to more from Bram Timmer, his works and his contributions.
TAXI>>Hi Bram. Glad to have you with us! Could you share with us what was it like, learning to develop your own sense of style ?
Bram>>Over the years it’s never been anything else than just doing the things that I’ve enjoyed doing, elaborating on the processes of creativity and without consciously being aware – spending countless hours on it. If you’re passionate enough, you’ll continue to strive for perfection in each project, no matter how much time it takes or however many obstacles in your way.
TAXI>>You have stated that you have a wide variety of interests and passions. If you weren't a designer, what do you think you would be doing?
Bram>>I would likely turn to being a film Director. Either that, an architect or a racecardriver. The problem with driving racecars is that it’s just not cool anymore at a certain age, as the mind becomes more conservative and you’re being held back by fear of being breakable goods. A director can put his vision onto others and share it, which is what I enjoy doing – there are no limitations as to what you can see or portray to the world.
TAXI>>What do you like about being a new media designer?
Bram>>The freedom and ability to create. Knowing that whatever you’re creating, that something is going to help others, whether it’s commercial, government, financial or even a charity or good cause. Seeing brands succeed in part because of something you’ve created is very rewarding. Not being restricted to work certain hours or have things become repetitive is also a huge plus.
TAXI>>These days, when almost everything is digitalized, what is a memory of the most organic design you've worked on, with the bare basics like paper and pencil?
Bram>>I tend to sketch out interactive designs in a grid-like structure while meeting with clients and establishing their needs. I’m currently working on a project for Fever Films where I had a pen and paper in hand (granted it was handed to me by the client) to draw out their site structure. Before a photo shoot I also sketch in my Moleskine pad for various model compositions that I will show the model before shooting.
TAXI>>Having worked with a comprehensive range of clients, how do you manage to stay commercially relevant, while stretching your creativity?
Bram>>It really depends on the client and how forward-thinking they are. I’ve found that the smaller the company, the more creativity you can apply but also with a select few of the large corporate giants, as the rest tends to stay rather conservative. Ideas flow all day long, even all night, but it’s not until a progressive client comes along where you can get excited about those ideas. Conservative clients tend to be more creatively-numbing.
TAXI>>In what ways do your works reflect your personal philosophy in life?
Bram>>Most of the personal work reflects on current events in my life. I try not to let my personal life’s moods flood over into client work – we’re almost actors in that sense, having to pretend to be an audience member of any given brand. My philosophy on life is very liberal, so I guess most of my works represent some form or another that pushes a boundary, or atleast, I’d like to think so as I like to be moving forward while shocking some senses.
TAXI>>You've also recently been part of Designers Against Human Rights Abuse (DAHRA), what sort of message do you hope to put across to the world on behalf of the creative industry?
Bram>>Not so much just on the creative industry as I find most of my friends and the people in this industry to be aware and more liberal in general. That’s progress. My message for the DAHRA piece was to hold on, that we’re trying to reach out and help. We’ll get there, but politics have a tendency to delay progress which means many will still pass on without liberation, but rather than giving up and simply “moving to the light” which might seem very appealing to the people there at times, keep reaching out and people will listen.
TAXI>>Meanwhile, I'm sure everyone would love to see your current working space. How about showing it to us?
Bram>>By all means, though this is a temporary setup. I’m quite crammed for space as you can see.
TAXI>>Okay, before we end, if you had a taxi that could take you anywhere now, where would you like to go?
Bram>>The future, where North America drops their censorship regulations, the world in general is beyond the anti-social lifestyles and of course a warm destination with nice beaches, beautiful women and high waves so I can learn how to surf. Thanks!
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