Featured Awards Winner

Dang Vo

April 2018

A big congrats to Dang Vo, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A UQAM university graduate from Montreal (and now in Washington D.C.), his work was chosen by Tad from Carpenter Collective: “I will admit that I am a sucker for strong brand identity work especially when applied to food packaging. This designer’s book has several successful examples of thoughtful identity systems and creative packaging solutions. Many of the designer’s projects stood out, but the ‘Ancobaleno” chocolate packaging and how it was ultimately presented really took this from a student portfolio to a professional one”. We asked Dang to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.

What are some of your earliest creative memories and what lead you into design?

I started to draw when I was 7 and I never stop since then, it just came naturally. I used to create art to express myself.

After college, I wanted to move on and create visual that communicates with other people. Therefore, I discover graphic design and until then I really enjoy it.Also Illustration definitely influenced graphic style

Any passion projects/collabs you would like to share?

My goal is to be 360; I have a lot of interest: from illustration to packaging design, editorial, scenography, motion and 3D. I am trying my best to cover everything because my goal is to be 360.Fashion illustration is always my long run project, I am very passionate to create beauty and poetic images.In the future, I would like to go further than illustration and graphic design. One of my dream project is to design a runway for Chanel.

How did you develop your style as an illustrator and what tips would you have for others?

I develop my style through music and dance movement, it sounds every abstract, but when you are an illustrator it is all about the attitude and atmosphere that you are portraying in the image. I would say you got you find your interest and define where you are at in life and create beauty out of it.. maybe in culture, historical movement, art and people. It is sort of foundation and through years you build out of it.

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I develop my style through music and dance movement, it sounds every abstract, but when you are an illustrator it is all about the attitude and atmosphere that you are portraying in the image.

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Where do you think design is heading in the next five years and how will you adapt?

I think design will lean a lot toward high-tech. Today, static key art is slowly out of date since everything is going on screen. Either type or illustration is no longer static; They jump, dance and sing. Today the industry requires a lot more than before, we can no longer just be good at one or two things. Multidisciplinary designers are very trendy, there are flexibilities to find jobs because you have many abilities and will not get stuck and doing one thing.

Website: dangvo.myportfolio.com

Instagram: @danyillustration

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