Today we chat with young graphic design student, Akona Golimpi
Who is Akona Golimpi and what do you do?
Akona is a young village girl who has grown to love art/ design. I am 22 years young female. I’m from Eastern Cape in a small town called Mthatha.. I’m a self-driven person I have learned to push myself and trying new things finding my way to the top. We all have to start somewhere right? When I was done with my high school I came to Cape Town, funny enough Graphic Design was never my first choice or second choice but here I am now doing it. I have grown to love it. I’m studying Graphic Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). I’m doing 3rd year, which is my last year.
How would you define your style or art?
I wouldn’t say I have a specific style. I try new style every time, I like to challenge myself and breaking boundaries moving away from my comfort zone. Nowadays no one really has their own style; its either it has been seen before just that now it’s more contemporary and how one applies it. I believe it’s not about having a new style it is more about how you work with the existing style and make it more eye catching to the viewer. We leave in a century where by the word COOL is the main thing clients and companies are looking for. Designers are there to give them what they need, something new and fresh. I’m all about something fresh that attracts one eye and inspire people.
Firstly people alone inspire me without them I wouldn’t be as far as I am. Secondly nature it is such a beautiful thing in this world. It always make me want to create my own world, which what I’m doing. Thirdly music it just keeps me going, what I hear I design it that’s when music comes into the equation.
What are you currently working on?
Now I’m busy building my portfolio/ personal work putting myself out there. Furthermore I’m also working with other people who need some designs more of a freelance work.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
All I can say is that if you have a goal it all start there, pushing yourself and see how far you can go. When you see opportunities seize them. There are a lot of good designers out there when you see their work tell yourself this: if they can do that so can you always take it as an inspiration not as a threat. Don’t try so much to be someone else being unique that what makes you the different designer.
Where can our readers follow your work?
They can get hold of me on these sites to keep them posttest of what coming up. If anyone need work done can email me.