A spotlight on Miklós with 8 questions and our favourite pieces.

Miklós Kiss’s works incorporate various facets of architecture, fine art, design, and graphic design. A strong artistic approach and outstanding aesthetic quality characterise his art. His fine art pieces are just as significant as his distinctive style in corporate identity and graphic designs.

Do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become a designer?

I finished my education at Hungarian Academy of Fine Art painting department. About a year later one of my friends told me not to touch the computer, but go back to painting. I was very upset. That’s why I started to learn to design logos in a self-taught way. 🙂 When I first visited London I saw the V&A logo. Then I decided to design similarly ingenious logos.

A few years ago an architect friend told me: “I’m at least as bad a graphic designer, as bad an interior designer you would be.” Well, then I started to deal with interior design, too 🙂 Later, I had a similar conversation about fine art, so now I’m back to make fine art works. So, looking back, anger guided me through the important steps of my career or rather the desire to show that I can do this, too.

Did you go to design school? Do you think it was necessary to get to where you are today?

Not necessary to go to school. School is good because you are in a community and you have the opportunity to discuss problems. Professors and mentors help you grow and share valuable information and experiences with you. But with diligence and willpower, everything can be learned. Sometimes it would be great if I had a mentor.

Who is your favorite designer right now?

I love many artists and designers. Just to mention a few: Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, James Turell,  KAWS, Coco Dávez, Malika Favre, Snarkitecture, Violaine & Jérémy, Wim Delvoye, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Banksy, JR, Sawdust Studio, Trüf Creative, Jay Fletcher,Fatih Hardal, Pref, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma, Nendo, Random International, Virgil Abloh, etc.

What is your all time favorite font?

I haven’t got a favourite one, maybe I would like more the serif fonts, but sometimes I’m not sure.

What is your method of getting out of a designers block?

Since I work in many visual areas, I just move on to another project and I start to think about that. Until then, I rested on the previous one.

Can you describe your ideal working environment?

Sometimes I work from a cafe. 🙂 But the ideal environment would be an atelier with a team who will help me realize my dreams. (a 3D designer, an architect, a font lap professional, an animator, etc.)

Some of our Favorites

What advice would you have given yourself 3 years ago?

Leave problematic clients, work only international projects. Move to somewhere else.

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? How did you overcome it?

My background was one of my biggest problems. For a long time I felt frustrated because I came from Eastern Europe. It’s very hard to deal with when you see every foreign designer is better than you. You always try to be better and better. 

My other greatest problem is that I need to make illustrations, typos, logos, interiors, fine artworks, and this is too much for my audience. But I don’t know: Is it a mistake? I have not yet overcome these dilemmas. I solve the problems that arise during my work one way or another. But I think other designers also need to deal with their own backgrounds or careers.

Want more info on Miklós?

Check out Miklós’ personal website, or his Instagram,or his twitter, or connect with him on  LinkedIn.

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