Once again PageCrush has had the fine opportunity to interview another PageCrush fan and Crush Respect Partner, Jeff of the Papangue-Project. Jeff has launched a new personal campaign called the Papague-Project and has a great interest in serving the design community. Originally from Paris and now a freelance designer as an artist of print and web, his hobbies of designing and computing have much overcome his abilities to produce creative but yet catchy content. PageCrush personally had the fine opportunity of partaking in a Papague-Project as Jeff had sent a new batch of stickers to us that gave the opportunity to boost the decals tour around the world. Much of these worldly stickers can be found on his web site.
Graduating from the Fashion School of Haute Couture in Paris, Jeff has used his talent to continue what he does best today. With this said, we’d like to encourage you to read on as we had a few questions for Jeff and the Papangue-Project.
Q. Where are you located?
I’m located in Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. It’s a little French island near Madagascar.
Q. What is your company/project and its purpose?
I work as free-lance designer and Papangue Project is a personal project. It’s more an artistic project. The purpose is to show my personal side to people, to have fun and to work on a project that I want to develop like stickers or tee-shirts. It’s also to work with people from different parts of the world.
Q. What does Papangue Project stand for?
Papangue is the name of a bird of prey which live only on Reunion island. I wanted to have a name with the idea of my location and also something that sounds international.
Q. What inspiration brought on your design talent in your early age?
When I was child, Star Wars was my inspiration, all drawings that I had done were about Star Wars. When I become older I wanted to work as fashion designer, so I drew a lot of fashion sketches.
Q. How was Papangue Project founded?
By chance, I was working on the new version of my professional website I was looking for a new design and a new way of navigation, so I created a 3D floating vehicle that I called Papangue. When the website went online, I really enjoyed that name Papangue Project and I wanted to create a personal website with personal designs and decided to call it Papangue Project.
Q. Did you start designing for your work on the Internet or designing offline?
I started designing offline, but I quicky realized that Internet is a very good way to show your work to people. Actually my work is better known in Hong-Kong than in Reunion island.
Q. What is your biggest project(s) to date?
The biggest project is on its way as I plan to do an urban toy. I will go to Hong Kong to meet people from this industry and try to make new contacts to realize this project. I also have this line of tee-shirts as I have launched one already to sell and a second will be available soon.
Q. What is the mission with your stickers? Is this a project aimed towards branding?
The stickers were done first for fun as I sent few to people around the world they kindly took pictures of them and sent me back the pictures.
Q. How often do you get to travel and is traveling in itself an inspiration for design and production within your company?
I used to travel every 2 years, unfortunately the price of the flights is very expensive where I live. Last time my wife and I went to NYC and it was there where I discovered the toys at Kidrobot. This year we will go to Hong-Kong in May and those travels help me to create and open my mind to inspiration.
Q. Do your have any schooling for this or is it based on pure talent and passion for this field?
As long as I remember I would always draw. I have my french bachelors in literature and art and after school I moved to Paris to learn fashion design. I worked for seven or eight years in fashion while at that time I discovered computer Photoshop and Illustrator and were the first sofware programs that I worked on. After that it was like a kind of an addiction.
Q. What is Papangue Project’s biggest achievements that you are proud to make mentions of?
A few designs will be published in a print edition of NewWebPick. It’s the first time that my work is published and it’s an honor for me to be published by them.
Q. What do you hope to achieve in the long run?
I hope that people from around the world will enjoy what I’m doing and to be working with other artists or for interesting projects of big brands.
Q. How do you think digital multimedia will be in the future?
I think it will be everywhere, in everyday life with advertising, videos, internet and also that there will be more and more people who work in that industry.
Q. Any advice you’d like to leave inspired artists and designers with?
My advice is to do what you want, do it with pleasure and keep going. Sometimes it’s hard and difficult, but if you managed to arrive to your goal, you will be satisfed.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share that was not covered above?
I think that’s all I have for now.
It was a great pleasure to talk with you. You’ve shared key points in what you do. Other designers should look up to these success stories and be inspired to help them do what they do best. You are truly an inspiration. Keep up the fantastic work! PageCrush thanks you for your time and dedication.
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