FACTS ABOUT HARLEY DAVIDSON
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Who are you?
I’m Daniel Park and a motion design freelancer. I’m an ordinary guy who loves design and lives in Seoul, South Korea. I majored in animation at Sejong University, Seoul and I’ve been working on my motion design field for a few years.
What is your next creative project?
Actually, I was supposed to finish a project called “Premiumbeat” explainer video by February. It has a nice pre-recording, an awesome soundtrack and the theme of this project is tempting to me. It makes me feel refreshing. The problem is that my first design assets didn’t quite blend well with the concept of the project. Also, the artworks looked similar to all my previous works. I thought this at that time: No venture, no gain. Then I decided to start the project again from the scratch and I’ve been trying to make my design as creative as possible. I know I’m upsetting myself a bit, but it’s really important to show varieties of expressions as a designer. I don’t regret doing this and I place this project top priority to finish off. The last deadline for this project is going to be in the middle of April.
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Another project is also expected to be done by mid-April and it’s a big film contest from a public company in Seoul. I’m sure the competition will be strong, but this is not my first time. I’ve already made some guidelines and story-boards, so I feel confident enough to do this.
I really love dogs and 2018 is the year of the dog. I’m planning to make a gif about dogs (short animated motion videos) each month. By the end of this year, I’ll get a collection of gifs which could be featured on my portfolio.
How would you describe your work?
I’ve really liked drawing since I was little. I often drew many things around my world and naturally learned how to express my feelings with tools. Everything made in design was my toy. I’ve been interested in design from that time. I’ve also loved things like films and videos. Flying cars, moving texts and some weird stuff become real on TV, so motion design is not a job I seek, I’ve loved doing this for a long time.
I also think it’s essential to empathize with other people’s thoughts. I’m a designer who cares about his surroundings and I create stuff from my experiences with others and then people finally watch them. It’s like a circulation. I can’t just make stuff without respect to my surroundings. I believe that good designers are those who can emphasize any topic from their society. I usually follow the rules of my clients and the main topics of projects. Then I mix them with my own originality. My artworks are generally friendly-looking, not strong and violent. The edges are round and the colors are warm.
HODOR & BRAN FROM GAME OF THROMES
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The last thing is my diversity in design. When I was a high school student, I've lived in Vienna, a beautiful city in Europe for about 4 years. I’ve also traveled more than 30 countries in the world. These experiences have brought me a way of thinking in a diverse, multi-culture view. I feel lucky for my experiences.
Who are your biggest influences in the industry?
As I’ve already said, I’ve been interested in design and film since I was a kid. Pixar, one of the most famous animated film studios in the world, has been a great influence on my creativity. My design with round, warm and friendly-looking shapes is probably related to the things I’ve enjoyed from Pixar. Some of live action film-makers, like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, have also inspired me with their unreal Science Fiction scenes. These movies have forced me to use my imagination, but above all, any kind of stuff on television and computer have been a great source of insipiration. I still watch a lot of movies and animated films during my free time. Being inspired by something is like taking vitamins every day. It’s important and mandatory for designers like me.
Speaking of my industry, we have some famous designers out there and my favorites are Bee Grandinetti and Emanuele Colombo in these days. I really like the look of Bee Grandinetti’s design in terms of style and color-palette. I also love the way of Emanuele Colombo’s motion with old-styled animation principles such as exaggeration and squash-and-stretch.
Most importantly however, we often share lots of ideas, creative skills and visions with others, so I don’t agree with the assumption that I’ve been only influenced by some specific designers. Each person is different and unique. That’s what makes motion design industry special. We are all independent.
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What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
As a motion designer, I’m definitely not a motion design genius and I still have a long way ahead and I’m still learning, so I just want my viewers know that I could make a mistake which means I’m not perfect. Nobody is perfect.
Another thing is I want my viewers to find out merits from my works. If you feel something nice and positive from my creation, I couldn’t ask for more.
I also want to say that finding something good is not that hard to do. One just need to open your mind and accept feelings, but these days people tend to criticize someone’s work very easily even though he or she feels something good from the bottom. My consideration to this is because people underestimate their emotions, but they overestimate other people’s thoughts. Expressing your feeling is a right thing to do. If you can’t do this simple task, I’m sure you can’t see what’s really good and bad in your entire life.
One last thing, be simple and positive, don’t be negative. Enjoy your life. Happiness is near you.
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What do you like about Portfoliobox?
I use computer a lot. Most of my works (about 95%) are made with computers and some people even think I can do anything using computers, but that is not true. I don’t know anything about some parts, especially programming and web-publishing. These things are very difficult to me and also give me a lot of stress when I try to make my own portfolio site. From that point of view, Portfoliobox is a good choice to make a professional portfolio. It’s so easy to use and a professional designer can save tons of time without learning programming. You can make your portfolio look great by clicking your mouse a few times. UX design elements are easily visible and you can easily apply functions. The best thing I really get impressed by Portfoliobox is its staff attitudes. Most of them are really kind and they listen to my requests wholeheartedly. The developers are eager to know customers’ needs and they answer questions very quickly. The price is also very affordable considering its qualities and professional uses.