My Name is Wendy
A spotlight on Carole and Eugénie with 8 questions and our favourite pieces.
My Name is Wendy was born in 2006 from the collaboration of two graphic designers, Carole Gautier and Eugénie Favre. This collaboration unites expertise in graphic and plastic art. The group produces brand identities, typefaces, illustrations, patterns, concepts and printings.
They do amazing work for cultural world (luxury, fashion, art, music etc), independent projects, small companies and multi-national brands.
Do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become a designer?
Carole: I don’t remember but it all started by drawing. I have a degree in typeface designer, another one in graphic and commercial design and higher education in Graphic Design at the Fines Arts School.
Eugénie: It all started by drawing me too, however, my studies were oriented to plastic art. I have a high school diploma in literature and arts. I studied at the Fine Arts School for five years.
Did you go to design school? Do you think it was necessary to get to where you are today?
Yes, we think even if we sometimes opposed to teaching or running the school, it was a place to experience, to open up to all creative fields. What matters is what you make it.
Who is your favorite designer right now?
We love the work of Barbara Kruger. This combined the graphic impact, the intelligence of message and the social responsibility. It’s a disturbing work because it also reveals the power of the graphic design and its dangers.
What is your method of getting out of a designers block?
We think that any method. We are very strict with our work. We just try to question our way of doing. Our activity is divided between the commissions and the self-production, we believe that it creates our singularity. That is due to our collaboration that unites graphic design and plastic art.
Can you describe your ideal working environment?
We need a very simple space but « occupied » by beautiful objects that recall that the design inhabits the world.
Some of our Favorites
What advice would you have given yourself 3 years ago?
“You can be a good designer while running your business”
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? How did you overcome it?
We needed to create over 20 typographical compositions in two days for a big brand name. The biggest challenge was to manage the stress which can be lead to a veritable inertia. Finally, we decided to have confidence in our creative intuition.