TheHungryJPEG “Featured Designer” Interview with Dmitry Chirkov
Could you tell us about yourself? Where are you from, what do you do, etc.?
My name is Dmitry. I’m from Russia. Some of my favorite things to do have to do with speed and transportation. For example, I’ve been riding a skateboard for 15 years. When I got older, I also found a love in drifting. My current car is a Nissan Laurel ’88, which I modified with the help of a friend. Besides that, I also have a pilot’s license (FIA). My vehicle-related hobbies aside, I am a professional photographer for weddings and commercial events. And of course, I also create fonts and dabble in graphic design.
How did your design journey begin?
Before I started creating fonts, I was a professional photographer. I decided to take that leap into trying something new, and I landed up in the graphic design world of fonts and graphics.
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Where do you usually find your inspiration?
One good example of when I feel inspired is when I skate or drive a car around the city. I also keep up with the many talented designers and photographers around the world as well as read a lot of articles and books on the subject of design.
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Any favorite design references that you can share that might be helpful for other designers as well?
I normally just browse through Behance, Instagram, and Pinterest. It is very important to observe and develop your own flavor. I learned that mainly from my photography experiences.
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What are the most common design problems that you face?
I definitely struggle the most with cover design. Hell, I spend all my energy trying to perfect it. Even though I am pretty well versed in Photoshop, it has brought me many challenges that I continue to push through.
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Final question, do you have any advice or tips for anyone starting to sell their designs?
Always strive to create high-quality products. I know there is a lot of competition out there, but the most important thing is self-development. You should be your own competition. This is very important to take note of. On a more practical note, if you are a font designer like me, you will need more practice with your calligraphy. Constant practice will help you understand the structure of a font more and more over time.
Here is a short video of Dmitry doing hand lettering