Yasser Rizky is a graphic designer based in Jakarta.  Graduated from Bina Nusantara University in 2006. He has done full-time and freelance works in DesignLab, Nuage, and at the beginning of 2009 He luckily got the chance to work with Stefan Sagmeister at his Sagmeister Inc’s Experimental Outcamp in Bali. The work so far are in touch with various disciplines. He has a high interest in typography and design itself. He always looking forward to collaborate with different people. He love designing everything, including things that are connected to daily life. Until this day He still learning and exploring the world of design.

GMK : How would you define yourself?
Y : I am Yasser Rizky, I am a designer. I love to design everything around me including my daily life. I design my own shirt, boots, bag, etc. I do what I do because I am deeply in love with design.

GMK : What do you most enjoy about the design process? And what the least?
Y : I enjoy the whole process itself, exploration, different kinds of methods for each project, the unpredictable results. Design is a big part of my life, therefore I love everything about it. And the least is the anxiety, and solipsistic client. There are so many ways of thinking, but people often limit their minds with what they have already known. They tend to have an apathy to the unknown.

GMK : Is there any differences between the work for experimental project and commercial project?
Y : For me, no.

GMK : How do you find ways to inspire yourself ?
Y : Researching, reading books, being social with people, listening to music, few beers, sex, video games, smoking in a cafe just to watch people. Lately I’ve found out that traveling is greatly effective to inspire myself.

GMK : Is there any special material or medium you would like to use for your next design work?
Y : Well, it’s really depended on the project. I always start my project with a concept, not materials or medium.

GMK : Do you believe that Graphic Designers should express their personalities in their own work?
Y : Of course, I think it is inevitable, the way you think, communicate, making decisions, it’s all personal,… but the thing is, sometimes designers tend to get carried away in what’s called “a personality” and neglect what will work best for a project.

GMK : How do you feel about collaboration?
Y : I always love to collaborate,… especially with people that have different abilities with me.


GMK : Business, technology is clearly changing, and evolving very quickly as well. What do you do as a graphic designers face all of that, especially in the process of work?
Y : Design has been and always will be evolving really fast. But I don’t think design-thinking is only about business and technology. Of course they are related and effecting one another, but tools are just tools and money is just money. Technology has always been a double-sided knife. If you can use it wisely, it will help you. For example, you can do a three-months research for only a couple of days with the internet, but at the same time, you cannot rely much on them because anybody can upload and download information on the internet without proper background and authorization. So if you’re not careful, your research will only be filled with people’s opinions from someone’s blog instead of reliable sources.

GMK : How has Indonesia and its culture affected your work?
Y : It definitely has always been a big part of my design because I grew up here in Jakarta and the surrounding suburban. It truly has an effect on my way of thinking, taste, etc. But I am always open to evaluate my thoughts and explore all the new possibilities. It’s always interesting to learn new cultures.

GMK : Is there any Indonesian designer do you admire, and why?
Y : Tatiana Romanova, Mulie Addlecoat, Eric Widjaja-Thinking*Room, Sultan Saktriwon (he’s my senior and also a close friend in the university, we’ve learned and explored design together back then), Dimas, Steven, Rio, and all of my designer friends. I’ve learned a lot by just hanging out with them. Usually in the afternoon I often come to Eric’s studio and bring some beer and have a nice chat about design.

GMK : What did you learn from your time at Sagmeister outcamp in Bali?
Y : Everything, not only design. One time, Stefan taught me how to handle the aggressive dogs in Ubud by making a gesture of throwing small rocks, even if there are no small rocks near you.

GMK : What was it like working with Sagmeister?
Y : It’s my dream coming true. I have always been and will be a great fan of him. Back in college, I couldn’t afford to buy his books, but I would always try to find a way to read them somehow. I’ve grown as a designer with his work. Actually, one of my “before I die” list is to meet him and learn from him. So that one’s box is checked!

GMK : What is the best advice you received that you would like to share with aspiring designers?
Y : Manage your time with an agenda, be effective and efficient in your work.

GMK : What is the next big thing from you?
Y : I always try to do something different. Lately I am planning to create some personal design pieces and self publish them.

GMK : Could you draw the view from your working space?
Y : I could, but I would not.

GMK : Whats your EDC (everyday carry) or pocket dump?
Y : Phone, cigarettes, lighter, wallet, keys to my apartment, and a nice leather purse.


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