Intervista: Peter Crnokrak

Born in Croa­tia, edu­cated in Mon­tréal, work­ing in Lon­don. Peter Crnokrak is renowned graphic designer who’s worked has been fea­tured in pub­li­ca­tions such as Grafik, IdN and Cre­ative Review. He recently droped the ± (Plus MInus) moniker and found The Lux­ury of Protest. Peter took a moment to answer a few ques­tions for AisleOne.

How long have you been design­ing?
I grad­u­ated form art col­lege in Mon­tréal a bit over three years ago – was in school for two, so in total about five years.

Who or what turned you on to graphic design?
Prob­a­bly my par­ents of all peo­ple – even though they thor­oughly dis­cour­aged me from enter­ing the arts, they instilled in me a hard­core work ethic and curios­ity for life – both of which have been more piv­otal to my design prac­tise than any other per­son­al­ity characteristics.

Who or what are your influ­ences?
More var­ied than I care to name, but here’s a go: love, black/white, pol­i­tics, tal­ent, sleep­ing pills, restric­tions, These New Puri­tans, loss and fail­ure, Littl’ans, com­pu­ta­tional origami & EE, pas­sion, Lundun’s slate gray skies, William Blake, how mov­ing your mouse helps speed up com­puter func­tions, Byron, graphite sheen, Foals, how sad­ness can be joyful…


What is your favorite type­face?
At the moment Akku­rat – but I only use the bold weight – no less than 13 pt for body text — for me it’s the only true sans-serif suc­ces­sor to Helvetica.

What is your favorite color palette to work with?
Black to white, and Vic­to­rian Rose.

Can you explain your cre­ative process from brief to com­ple­tion?
Bore­dom – Moti­va­tion – Idea – Think­ing – Ques­tion­ing – Doubt­ing – Self-Loathing – Momen­tary Ela­tion – Empti­ness – Iter­a­tion – Try­ing Too Hard – Iter­a­tion – Flow – Flow – For­tu­itous Cir­cum­stance – Denial – Deter­mi­na­tion – Capit­u­la­tion – A Momen­tary Sense of Satisfaction.


Do you use a grid sys­tem when design­ing and how do you feel about them?
Grids are great – par­tic­u­larly when you design all ele­ments to fit into them and then make count­less opti­cal adjust­ments off the grid.

Who do you feel is cur­rently doing inno­v­a­tive work?
Any­one who is truly pas­sion­ate about their path in life. More specif­i­cally: Scott King — always and for­ever, Hedi Sli­mane, Robert Lang, Jen Stark, Raf Simons, Ben Fry, Jan van Mun­ster, These New Puri­tans, Robert Fisk, Grand Peo­ple, Patrick Cock­burn, Pix­el­gar­ten and Matt Pyke.


What are you cur­rently work­ing on?
Try­ing not to get bored with myself by cre­at­ing the same old shit using the same old processes – am mov­ing in new cir­cles and push­ing myself into uncom­fort­able boxes – am meet­ing new cre­atives and lov­ing their take on life – am prepar­ing myself for lat­eral direc­tions and to shed my skin again – giv­ing up on old ways and explor­ing new avenues.

Specifically? – computational origami. I found a like-minded soul to col­lab­o­rate with who is stunningly-talented and thinks as much as I do.

Also just re-printed A_B_ peace & ter­ror etc. – this ver­sion comes printed on GFSmith plasma poly­coat glass clear — a 350 micron plas­tic that really brings out the sub­tle pearles­cence in the graphite and white — it also nearly dis­ap­pears when mounted on a such that the graph looks like it’s floating.


What is your favorite color?
It’s a toss up between Pearl White and Dirty Pink – or how about both : reminds me of the Queen, or queens.

What is your favorite album?
Newish :
These New Puri­tans : Beat Pyra­mid
Littl’ans : Prim­i­tive World
Foals : Antidotes

Old­ish :
Joy Divi­sion : Closer
The Lib­ertines : Up the Bracket
Death in June : But What Ends When the Sym­bols Shat­ter?
The Smiths : The Queen Is Dead

What is your favorite movie?
Wings of Desire / Far Away So Close

Inter­vista is a series of inter­views con­ducted for AisleOne with some of todays top tal­ents in graphic design.


2 Comments on "Intervista: Peter Crnokrak"

  • Great read. Well in!

  • Con­grat­u­la­tions !!!!!