Vic Lee is a wordsmith, a mapmaker, a typographer, a ragamuffin and freestyler. He has spent 20 years as a professional graphic designer freelancing across London and has worked on major branding, interior and retail design projects with some of the leading design agencies in the world.
In this episode, Vic discusses:
-The path that he took to get him to the point he is at now in his creative career.
-The importance of history, especially when it has to do with your specific neighborhood.
-The notion of nostalgia and the role that it plays in the art that we want to make as well as the art that we want to buy.
-How he starts one of his larger commissions and how little planning goes into them.
-The confidence he gains from huge companies giving him complete creative control.
-A story when he got lost in “the zone.”
-How he approaches a big job with a panicked mindset, and then slowly relaxes.
-How we all start out as children not worrying about what people will think, but lose that carefree attitude over time.
-What a blank wall looks like to him.
-Dealing with the “quiet moments” in between work.
-Using black and white.
Vic’s Final Push will inspire you to BE NICE TO EVERYONE YOU MEET!
“It’s not just about illustration. It’s about bringing memories back to life.”
“My work is very different things to different people. And to me that is very important because I don’t want it to be one thing to one person. I want it to evoke a different memory or feeling for every person that sees what I do.”
“Don’t think too much. Just do it and see what happens. The worst that you can do is fail, and the best you can do is succeed.”
“If you fail, you can just paint over it.”
“That wall that nobody used to look at suddenly becomes everyone’s friend.”