The minimal graphics by Andrea Guccini are constant research. Expressing oceans of thought with little means, the Italian designer subjects his creativity to experimentation, where the results reflect the subconscious selection of inspiration. We talk to Andrea on his visuals, illusions and idols.
On the beginnings… My first contact with graphic design was at high-school. One of my teachers was extremely challenging and she was the one who fired my passion. For five years, I explored the basics of design and then got to its various forms of application, from identity to creating products. But the school’s focus was on commercial art, so I moved to Milan, where I joined the graphic design course and these years have been fundamental to me and developing a personal aesthetic.
On the value of research… My creative process is made 99% of research. Research for information, concepts, approach, style… After that, the result comes out automatically, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The important thing is to follow the order, the creative process has to be designed too.
On drawing the lines between art and design… The discussion is historical. Some say that these are two completely different things and that it is dangerous to mix them, but many support that the border doesn’t exist. It’s not up to me to give an answer. The projects I share online are most of the times technical- stylistic abstract experiments, sometimes I focus on the system of grids, on the interaction of colours or on a particular technique. If you don’t want to call it design, call it a configurative research.
On modern art viewing… The gallery can be considered a traditional medium,characterized by a one-to-one communication. With the new online media, communication becomes bi–directional, everyone has the possibility to interact and mix different channels such as sound or movement. This is the fundamental difference, the physical limit of distance is non-existent
On the minimal aesthetic… I cannot really say where it comes from, because I still can’t find a clear thread connecting all my projects. I spend days researching, I try to surround myself with ‘beauty’ and absorb everything. I think the effect is a unconscious mixture of what I select. Simple compositions have always fascinated me. I share the idea of Mies van der Rohe, who believed that a composition capable of expressing a concept with less means is way more admirable than a composition that needs many elements to present the same concept. The difference is the superfluous.
On visual illusions… I had fun experimenting with some perceptual games. At this point in my life, I’m still in the phase of research and aesthetical/theoretical experimentation. The works that create illusions are a form of research on perception. Every little bit helps!
On Italian influences… The history of Italy is really important, I could make an endless list of key humanist characters, from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto and Galileo to Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri and Luigi Pirandello. Even the heritage of Italian design is relevant, shaped by AG Fronzoni, Massimo Vignelli, Bob Noorda or Bruno Munari. It is crucial to preserve that and use the past to progress.
On dreams… I hope to open my own studio one day, but everything comes in its own time.
On Idols… AG Fronzoni, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Woody Allen, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Sandro Orrù, Chuck Palahniuk. But apart from that, all the people who raised me when I was a little guy of Nouvelle, the ones from Un Altro Studio, my dad and my high school graphic teacher.
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