Featured Award Winner

Nam Huynh

April 2018

A big congrats to Nam Huynh, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A State Academy of Art and Design graduate from Stuttgart, his work was chosen by James & Beth from Warriors Studio: “Contemporary, energised, fresh work. Ambitious and adventurous with medium and application. Great volume and high quality of work throughout. Interesting exploration of typography across the board and the Workpool project is excellent. We can feel Nam’s genuine hunger for design. The perfect example of a poster which needs no typography and no accompanying information to communicate clearly, effectively, pack a punch but still have a hint of intrigue”. We asked Nam 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?

Last time I went out drinking, my friend showed us his gym glove. It looked pretty unique, so he convinced us, that it was a professional drinking glove. He spent 15 minutes lying about it, that was pretty creative.

What has been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt along the way?

It’s always a good sign at the beginning, if you don’t feel good enough to manage the project.

If possible you should teach and not just sell your client what’s good.

"Auch im Stress, Apfel S“ - "Even when you’re stressed, don’t forget to press Command S"

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

It seems that digital platforms like Instagram become more important as places, where designers can interact with each other. Unfortunately I see more and more people creating designs only for the sake of being frequently present, and less to provide a solution for a certain problem. Instead of being places of cultural exchange, these social media platforms sometimes force a uniform and boring output. This phenomenon keeps reminding me of why I want to share my work in the first place.

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I see more and more people creating designs only for the sake of being frequently present, and less to provide a solution for a certain problem.

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What was your plan for graduating and what actually happened? OR What is your plan for graduating?

I managed to build up a small workspace with a couple of very talented people, who also happen to be really good friends. We don’t know what will happen next, but everybody’s very optimistic about the future.

Instagram: @namhuin

Website: namhuynh.de

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