A spotlight on Carmen with 8 questions and our favourite pieces.
I’m Carmen, a Spanish graphic and digital designer based in Berlin. Typography is one of the aspects of design I like the most, and I always give it a lot of importance in both my personal and my commissioned works.
Do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become a designer?
I first realized I wanted to become a designer when I started my studies and understand what it really was about. I never knew what I wanted to study and I had no idea what graphic design was, but when I finished High school I knew I didn’t want to sit in front of books and memorise stuff I wasn’t interested in like I had to do since I started school. I remember my mother suggested me to study graphic design, then I took a look at the subjects of the first year (drawing, photography, typography, technical drawing… ) and they all sounded so cool to me that I was like: “ok, yes”.
Did you go to design school? Do you think it was necessary to get to where you are today?
I think it is necessary to study and to practice anything you want to end up doing in a professional way. When it comes to creative studies, and considering the huge amount of information, courses and tutorials available online, as long as you are persistent, you can in many cases end up doing it on your own. For me it was necessary because, as I said, I didn’t know much about it at the beginning, but also because most of the stuff that I now know as a designer, I learned it while working, and nowadays it’s quite hard to get a job without a title.
Who is your favorite designer right now?
I have always been amazed by everything Anagrama Studio does. No matter if it’s packaging, branding, or a UX/UI work, it always looks good.
What is your method of getting out of a designers block?
My method of getting out of a designers block is by trying new things that I’m interested in. You always have to look for inspiration while working on a project, and be up to date to the last trends in general. That means you end up being a lot of time looking at design stuff, being active on design platforms or following designers and design blogs. This lead me many times to start getting interested in some areas I never tried before, and to start experimenting and trying new things. Sometimes you can apply this new knowledges only in your personal work, but sometimes you get a briefing of what could have been a boring job, and then you can turn it into something more fun by applying your new skills.
Can you describe your ideal working environment?
Working together with a talented team where we can give the best of ourselves and pour it into the same project.
Some of our Favorites
What advice would you have given yourself 3 years ago?
To finish everything you start, no matter how big or small it is. To focus on what you enjoy doing the most, and to practice over and over again.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? How did you overcome it?
Working as a designer in a foreign land. I overcome it by working hard and by never giving up.