Who is Hylton, where are you based and what do you do?
I am a designer and illustrator, based in Durban, South Africa. I’ve been doing what I do for 6 years now.
Where did you learn your craft?
I studied graphic design at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) … But I’ve learned the most from working in the industry through Modern Museum, and with my freelance work.
The best way to learn something is to do it, well in my case it is.
You are a talented illustrator, designer and web designer. Which defines you best and why?
I don’t really see myself as just a designer, or an illustrator. I approach all my work in the same kind of way, and, more often than not, most of my design work incorporates illustration in some way.
More recently I’ve been dabbling in web design. I find it is quite different to design for print, and I enjoy the challenges it brings. However, at the moment, I don’t get too involved in the coding side of things.
Tell us about the awesome modern museum website?
Well, Modern Museum recently updated its identity, and I wanted to do a fresh new design for the website. I wanted to create a site that showed off our creative and quirky nature, yet portrayed us as a professional creative agency. I love playing around with typography and basically illustrating with it… and thats what I tried to achieve with this site.
What are you currently working on?
I have a number of projects going on. doing some poster designs, some corporate stuff, a toy custom for an exhibition coming up this month in Cape Town, and some illustration and character design for children’s apps for a company in the UK.
What advice would you give to young South African creatives looking to do what you do.?Work hard, build up a good portfolio. Believe in yourself, and don’t limit yourself. Find what makes you happy and do it.
As Jessica Hische says: “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life”.
Where can our readers find your work?