We recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Castle based graphic designer, illustrator & typographer Paul Robson (aka Muro) about his creative process and the importance of a personal website.
How long have you been designing?
Not sure if you’re allowed to call yourself a Graphic Designer until you start actually making money from it, but taking away five years of study it will be about thirteen years.
Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Currently my personal work differs massively from my professional work, this is good for me because it keeps what I do as a designer nicely balanced and never mundane. I used to be 100% graphic design within big design/ad agencies but I found these environments too mechanical with no true passion and only concern about what the client wants that day and not what a talented designer could actually produce to help the client beyond expectation. My personal work is simply a style that has developed from a passion for type, simplicity and very little time to produce it. Luckily for me this is the style of graphic design I like. I always say just keep it simple.
What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
The simple answer would be show what you’re best at but I suppose it depends why you have the website online in the first place. My own started out as a way of getting work so I started by presenting a good mix of design work which showed what I was capable of as a designer in order to get the right kind of job. I guess the two most important aspects of design that you should demonstrate are firstly a good idea and secondly the execution of that idea. Now that I have found work, my site is just a bit of fun, it doubles up as a very handy archive of my work where I place the odd bit of work that I am proud of. Generally it’s worth spending time ironing out little glitches/typos and don’t overload your site, my current Prosite is the best of my work from my main Behance site as too much work has built up on there over the years to be looked at in one go, so it works out quite well having the two.
What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Talent, respect, a good idea and good coffee.
What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
I guess I’m proud of all the work I produce, but I soon get sick of looking at it, so I will have to go with a very recent project where I got to combine my personal work with professional. I don’t always get the opportunity to do this so I was really happy with the end product. The project was called Look Into My Eyes, which was an exploratory interactive design project that explored daily decision making during diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.
To see more of Paul’s work or to get in touch, please visit his ProSite