Today we chat to Anthony Neil. We welcome you to the SA Creative Network. Thank you for giving us a few moments of your time .
For those who don’t know about you, can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
My name is Anthony Neil Dart and I am a multi-disciplinary designer/director living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. I work mostly in the areas of motion design, illustration, branding, typography and digital design.
You are quite the pro in typography, illustration and motion graphics. Which of these would you say is your favourite?
For me, they are all related to one another – I really enjoy mixing all three of those together. I just love design in general, but I would definitely say that I enjoy the mixed media approach – no matter what job I’m doing.
Typography is an interesting skill. Where does one learn this art and how to make money from it?
A couple of years ago I realised that there was a glaring need in the industry and in my own work to give typography a little more respect. So I started paying more attention to it because it is in everything, no matter what your discipline is. The more I researched and practiced, type really became an obsession for me, and I think it really pushed my work to a new level. I have begun making my own typefaces now and it seems like it’s going to be a lifelong love affair. Great design starts with great typography. As far as making money from it goes – it’s like what I said above, its just something that you need to become aware of as a designer, a skill that you have to improve – no matter if you are a digital designer or a motion designer, type is everywhere. So if you are employed as a designer, chances are that you’re making money from it already.
What are you working on at the moment and what are your project hopes for the future?
Ive been involved in a lot of interesting work lately – A japanese design publication called ‘Someone’s garden’ just asked me to contribute to their latest issue, A fashion magazine called ‘Neo2’ (Madrid) invited me back for the second time to contribute typographic work, I also was approached by Computer Arts in London to contribute a tutorial for issue 193 and I have just finished up another one for early next year. Commercially, I have just designed and directed a new spot for Lucozade which is in the post-production phase. I’m always busy, and even when I’m not, I stay busy realising my own personal projects.
Hopes for the future: I just want to continue learning and pushing myself to move forward – I think if you get to a place as a designer where you feel comfortable or think you have it down, I would suggest you be very wary indeed. There is always room for improvement. I also want to collaborate more – travel and meet interesting people.
What advice would you give to our young creatives in South Africa looking to go into motion graphics, illustration and typography?
If you have a passion for a certain area I suggest you dive in and totally immerse yourself. Practice makes perfect they say, so you’ve gotta just commit and stick with it. Motion work in particular is extremely challenging, not only because of the diverse skill set but because of the long hours. So it’s really important to have passion for what you do, then it won’t feel like work even when it gets tough.
Where can we find your work? (Also supply your Twitter handle and anything else)
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