With a sharp and quirky graphic style, Damon Stead is one designer who is able to create contemporary and commercial pieces, whilst still being able to switch to an energetic humorous style when he’s working on more personal pieces. His style is both refined and diverse making him a very interesting talent to watch for the next few years. When he’s not studying or working on personal projects, Damon is also one half of the infamous Huddersfield duo Rag and Bone collective, who I interviewed previously. To read more about Rag and Bone click here. I caught up with Damon recently to try and get behind his work and learn more about his inspirations and hopes for the future…
-Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
I’m originally from Blackpool, and for the most part of my education studied fine art, it was only during my foundation year that decided to take graphic design onto degree level. I’ve always enjoyed doing paintings, and because of all this I feel a lot of my work is influenced by my fine art background. Recently I have enjoyed experimenting with more of a grunge style, taking influence from the punk movement.
–What are your goals for the next few years, when it comes to your work?
I would like to become an established freelance designer. It has always been my aim to make money from what I enjoy doing, so my goal has always been to make a living from design.
–Are there any other illustrators or artists that inspire you?
An artist I quite like at the moment is Mark Jenkins. He does a lot of street art, but not very conventional stuff. He creates outdoor instillations using human dummies, they are often funny, and I like the idea of creating something that people wouldn’t usually see but leaves them with a smile on their face.
–Are there any upcoming projects our readers look out for from you in the near future?
In the near future I am hoping to do some large-scale wall paintings. I have never tried something on that scale before, and its been something i’ve wanted to do for a while. Along with this, Rag and Bone Collective are starting monthly live art nights, with interactive art, market stalls and local artists and designers creative live art.
If you are head over heals for Damon’s design work then head over to facebook to check him out. With so much planned for the next few months you’ll be crazy not to hit him up and be the first the find out all the latest news.
Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you’re loving about design at the moment, and what you think of Damon.
Until next time guys!