Good Folk : Stefan Kjartansson

Good Folk : Stefan Kjartansson

NAME?
Stefan Kjartansson

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Born in Siglufjörður, raised in Kópavogur, by way of Reykjavík, Iceland. Moved to Atlanta, GA at the tender age of 25.

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK CONSIST OF?
Forms with various degrees of function, depending on the client.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Interned at the largest design agency in Iceland at the age of 16. There I was woken up to the fact that I knew nothing and have spent the rest of my life overcompensating.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Being able to do the only thing I’m any good at.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Projects that involve Excel Spreadsheets.

IF YOU WEREN’T DESIGNING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
Painting and drinking heavily.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Individuality. Originality. Intelligence. Uniqueness. Simplicity.

WHERE DOES CREATIVITY COME FROM?
According to recent research: mental illness.

WHO’S WORK DO YOU LOOK UP TO? (Either currently or in the past)
So many. Can I say nature?

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR INDUSTRY?
I make my living designing on the internet. The industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Processes are getting much more efficient and harder to innovate. We need to find another medium. Any ideas?

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
Things that fill absolutely non-existent needs.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD ASPIRING TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
Don’t aspire. Let it come naturally.

ONE DEFINING MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR.
When I decided I didn’t want to be an illustrator.

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Mike Cina’s Spirit Edit 03

Artist(s): Medium: , Site: http://armchairmedia.com/

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