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Fill in the Blank: Eiko Ojala

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Images courtesy of Eiko Ojala 

Estonian graphic designer Eiko Ojala draws his work digitally and without the use of 3D software. When looking at it, however, it’s hard to believe that the lively, expertly shaded landscapes and shapes aren’t playfully layered paper cutouts but two-dimensional images on a computer screen. The designer’s imaginative work has garnered global attention and landed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, and Harvard Business Review, among others. Ojala even was nominated for Illustrative.de’s Young Illustrators Award as well as for the YCN Professional Award in 2013—not a bad list of accomplishments to have at 32 years old. Here we find out what fuels his colorful, tightly textured designs and how he spends his time when he’s not in front of a computer.

MY FAVORITE ALBUM TO LISTEN TO WHILE WORKING IS... Screws by Nils Frahm.

IF I WEREN’T A DESIGNER, I WOULD BE... an ornithologist.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY DESIGNER DEAD OR ALIVE, I WOULD CHOOSE... Oki Sato from Nendo.

IF I COULD REDESIGN ANY CLASSIC ALBUM COVER, IT WOULD BE... Unknown Plea- sures by Joy Division.

THE LAST THREE TABS I HAD OPEN IN MY INTERNET BROWSER WERE... Modern Farmer magazine, 50watts. com, and Facebook.

MY BEST IDEAS COME TO ME WHEN... I’m not hungry, not tired, and not distracted.

MY IDEAL SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONSISTS OF... wine and friends.

MY FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE IS... going to sleep really early.

LAST TUESDAY AT 4 PM, I WAS... working from my rented cabin in Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.

I WILL NEVER GET SICK OF LOOKING AT... fire and water.

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