Aditya Wijanarko is a Jakarta-based graphic designer with strong interest in typography. His designs are neat and simple with a touch of quirky icons. Humble as he is, Aditya is another graphic designer that deserves close attention for he will continue to present surprises through his works.

Currently, Aditya works at Emir Hakim Design company in Jakarta and contributes independently to several interesting projects. His works have been featured in magazine, national and international design website such as ffffound and Frame and he’s participated in Santa Cruz’s Type It and Dubai’s In The Box’s exhibitions.
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How would you define yourself?
Aditya Wijanarko, a simple homemade graphic designer who fell in love with graphic design and xylography when stumble upon The Sex Pistol’s album cover “Nevermind the Bollocks”.

What motivates and inspires you?
When I was in junior high punk rock is my muse, the unstoppable force to make everything your way. As the time passes by, I learn more to see more of the whole variety of life and its problem. Even typeface itself can, and mostly, inspires me.

What do you most enjoy about the work process? And what is the least?
For me the most enjoyable moment in design is the process itself from start to finish.

How did you become interested in typography?
I became interested in typography and graphic design in general mostly thru punk bands cover art, band logos and skateboard magazine in my school days, from that on I know what I want to be when I grew up, haha, it was unique and appealing for me.

Why the fascination with type, were there any eye-opening events that made you realize how type works?
I think each type has a certain persona or attitude and they all deserve the best. You can make people believe, fell loved, give comfort, buy things or get someone angry with type. A powerful and almost magical element in design and the one who make me obsessed with all this is Zinia Nizar, a wonderful person and a great teacher.

Have you designed any typeface? How do you design type? Sketches first? Or everything on screen?
Not yet, for certain project I usually customize from existing type and not the complete alphabet, just the letters I need. Type design has to be neutral yet have characteristic so it can be adaptable, readable and user friendly. It depends on what purpose your type will serve.

Typeface designers engage with the forging of cultural and artistic movements, yet their work, although it is almost everywhere you look, goes largely unnoticed. How do you respond to this situation?
Honestly I don’t know. For me at least the situation around me affects me so much.

What is your opinion about the development of typeface design in Indonesia? What need to be improved or what can be remedied?
The way I see it fellow designers are stuck with one particular look, much decorative and hard to adapt, probably because of our wide variety of cultural elements that inspire designer to make typeface that way, I don’t know. I think we need more neutral and universal typeface.

How do Indonesia and its culture affect your work?
The environment where I grew up, the counter culture, friends, family, the music and the arts affects me in almost everything. They are part of me.

Business, technology is changing and rapidly evolving. What do you do to overcome such pace of changes, especially in the process of work?
I would’nt worry it. Sure there is connection but good design comes from passion and love.

You’ve surely worked on several projects so far. What would be the most relevant ones and why?
Everything I done is special for me; they help me understand better, learn more, sometimes it’s good, sometimes bad. Every project is a different case waiting to be solved.

Are there any differences between working for experimental or self-initiated project and commercial project? How do you adapt to those differences?
With self initiated project mostly comes with a lots of options but with less money that was made this kind a project even harder then commercial work but it’s all the same to me. The only difference is the method.

How do you feel about collaboration?
With the right people collaboration could be great.

What are you listening to these days?
Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Artists or designers you admire? Why?
I really like Cempaka Surakusumah, Zaky Arifin, Carment Rhino, Nady Azry, Elfan Diary, Artnivora, Thinking Room, Table Six, Emir Hakim, Zinia Nizar, Yes No Wave, The Ballet Cats. They all superb! They do killer works.

How do you see yourself in five to ten years from now?
Still me, only thinner.

Could you draw or describe the view from your working space?
Broken white wall, dream catcher hangs on the wall, a painting from my beloved, some McFarlane stuff and other cool junk.

What’s your everyday carry or pocket dump?
Studio keys, iPod, cigarettes, lighter, phone.

What is the best advice you received that you would like to share with aspiring designers and artists?
Be happy with what you do.

More Aditya’s works can be found here.