Interview with Designer Menachem Krinsky

Meet print designer Menachem Krinsky. He lives in Los Angles and works from his home office, but says,

“Everything is accessible from my trust Mac book pro so I’ve been able to travel a lot while still being able to work and get projects out on time.”

Krinsky also says,

“I’m a print designer, anything from logos/business cards to billboards/magazines. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of website design mock-ups but I’m still limited to only the front end design, have not learned any web coding. I’ve recently gotten into some photo manipulation as a side hobby you can check those out here.

Are you a freelancer?
Indeed.

What is the best part about being a freelancer?
I like being able to choose what projects to work on, ones that I think are enjoyable. I like that I don’t have any set work hours, I would never be able to take a 9-5 job.
I cannot be forced to be creative it needs to come naturally.

What are your best methods for finding/attracting clients?
Being that the design field is such a competitive one, Word of mouth has by far been the most effective method, a lot of my clients came from past clients showing their friends the work ive done for them, I really have never spent much money on real advertising yet, ive been busy enough and so far have not yet felt the need to.

How did you get started? Did you study something in particular or are you self-taught?
I’m all self taught, have not yet taken any design courses or classes. No doubt in my mind that I learn new skills and techniques every single day, I am no where close to where I want to be and will not stop trying until I get there.

Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?
I haven’t had much of an art background, My design profession started over a period of a couple months, I would sit with photoshop and just doodle around figuring the program out, after awhile I figured im having so much fun with this, why not make it into a money making job? So I convinced my first client to let me have a shot at designing one of their work pieces and it really just took off from there. Been learning new things every time I’m at the computer.

What do you feel are the most important skills for a designer to have/develop?
A basic eye for design, a sense of color, layout and typography, once you are able to put out semi decent work  its just a matter of spending more time and improving your work, pushing it to the next level. Eventually you will be able to create awesome work in shorter periods of time.

Where do you go for design inspiration?
I get inspiration from everywhere, I don’t have any specific locations. Art and music have probably been where most of my inspiration has come from.

How do you typically start a new project?
Depending on what the project is: first receive all required information from the client, make sure we are both on the same page as to what they are in need of and what they are looking for. Logos are first done on paper then moved onto screen once I have some ideas and sketches laid out, larger projects are usually laid out on screen at first then messed around with for a bit until I have a bunch of ideas to choose from and further work on.

Do you have any favorite websites for interacting with others in the design community?
I have facebook, flickr and twitter accounts that I spend some time on during the day/night.

What does your typical day look like?
Truth: I’m a crazy crazy workaholic, being that I’m a freelancer I don’t have any set hours that I am being forced to work. Most of my work gets done during the night hours (not a morning guy) I find that the easiest time to think and get inspired. I can spend over 17 hours a day at the comp, Yea I know, insane me, huh?

What are you 5 favorite sites online?
Behance.net is a great inspiration place,
ffffound.com is another awesome inspirational website I check out often.
logopond.com
formfiftyfive.com
vi.sualize.us

Who, in the online world, would you say has had the biggest influence on you?
I would say Kevin rose, founder of digg.com, he has done an incredible job of building a website/company and he doesn’t hide himself behind closed executive doors like other large founders at his level, he is open to the web world and has even replied to some of my twitter messages. I think him giving his users and fans a way of speaking to him is very important in establishing a company.

What are the tools you couldn’t live without?
Adobe, Headphones, wacom tablet, itunes, paypal

 

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