We feature French graphic designer Alex W Dujet in issue #46 of Monster Children. His work is incredible – and we want you to own it. So, we’re giving away 10 packs of 10 of his posters, thanks to Ezekiel. All you have to do is subscribe. Please note this is USA only. Once you’ve subscribed, read on to see what he had to say in #46.
DESIGN. WHAT IS ‘DESIGN’? IS IT PUSHING TRIANGLES AND RECTANGLES AROUND ON A COMPUTER SCREEN FOR HOURS AND THEN GET TING PAID A STUPID AMOUNT OF MONEY? YES. YES IT IS. BUT I’VE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SAY IT’S MORE THAN THAT. THEY WANT ME TO SAY DESIGN IS A WAY OF COMMUNICATING IDEAS WITHOUT THE USE OF PESKY WORDS. DESIGN IS A LANGUAGE UNTO ITSELF, AND NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THAT LANGUAGE BET TER THAN ALEX W DUJET.
Alex W Dujet, thirty-five; Geneva, Switzerland / Lyon, France; graphic designer / typographer.
Where were you born and how did you get to where you are now?
I was born, and grew up, in a suburb in Lyon, France. In 2001 I moved to Geneva to study graphic design at Geneva School of Applied Arts. I successfully graduated after four years with the maximum grade of 666 on each post of my diploma— the Satan grade.
What else do you do besides design graphically?
Play guitar, listen to music. I still try to skate a bit. I built a mini ramp in my parents’ backyard last summer and I skate that—in a relaxed way, because I’m getting old. I also do fun art projects with friends, travel for holidays, travel for graphic design, I go to the museum and exhibitions, read design books, spend time with nice girls, hang out with my friends, cook, customise bicycles, read biographies, and watch TV and movies when I have time.
How would you describe your design style?
Sharp and structured, rational and irrational; I love to deconstruct things. In summary: Swiss ’60s traditional straight-edge versus everything that I find strong or crazy.
What are your design pet hates?
I’m French and I grew up with this cheesy way of making graphic design. This country has no reference regarding functional design. They feel obliged to create over-fancy things, thinking that the customer will be more at ease. Ugly shapes freshly served on a cheesy colour palette. However, there is a new generation of designers in France and they’re raising the bar for sure. Schools are better, and the evolution of technology allows for better communication about influences between cultures, from one country to another.
What’s Geneva like?
A small international city, where living is pretty cool! We have a big concentration of students and artists, and cool things happen everywhere. Sometimes the city is quiet, but sometimes it goes totally crazy, and I like that contrast. We have the biggest concentration of festivals than any other European city. And it’s a small city where you can connect, create and produce quickly. The mood of the city stimulates my creativity a lot. I lived a little while in New York, and I loved it, but Geneva is my bubble; I’m very focused and comfortable to do things.
Are you happy?
I have a date scheduled for Monday night, so if it works out, maybe I will be. Cross your fingers for me. She seems very nice and she looks pretty!