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TODD MOTTO – GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Posted June 27th by Design Splat in Graphic Designers

Good Morning! Today on Design Splat we have the Graphic Designer, Todd Motto! With the passion to start his own design business he jumped straight in and began building up his portfolio to get where he is today!

Enjoy!

– Interview


Welcome to Design Splat Todd!

How did you get into Graphic Design?

I used to create pretend design company logos, thinking I would love to one day own a design agency or business. My father suggested why don’t I just do it? With years of hard work – here I am today.

When creating graphics, what to you is the most important aspect: planning, design or implementation? and why?

They’re all equally important, but breaking it down to just one – I’d go with design. I couldn’t design something that looked awful and then carry on with it. A successful project needs all three though.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’m hoping that if I progress at the rate I am going, I will have a very successful future ahead.

Own Business or working for a company?

Self-employment. This is because I love dealing with clients start-to-finish and building one-to-one relationships. The design control, schedules, deadlines, targets are all ­up to me, and I enjoy every minute of it. I feel if I worked in in a design studio I would be ‘just’ a designer. I aim to build my credibility as a designer – and as a brand.

Any specific company you would like to work for?

It would have to be Coca-Cola.

Does fame attract you?

I think fame attracts everyone a little, it’s just some wish to deny it. I think it attracts me.

How do you rate yourself as a designer?

I rate myself high in enthusiasm and devotion – whilst working professionally.

What makes a good graphic designer?

Someone who always looks to improve their skills, has great attention to detail, and always hits the job spec. A good designer should see that a design has to look good for clients – and not just for themselves.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I usually plan my designs out, which is why I don’t rely completely on external inspiration. Planning a design and creating a perfect match for a company relies on knowledge and persistence.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

Many small obstacles along the way, though I am persistent and will spend all night working until something is fixed – knowing I can start the next day with clear focus.

Do you think the Graphic Design Industry is difficult to get into?

I think this depends what sector of graphic design a person specialises in, as well as where they are located. For example a huge city with lots of competition will more than likely be a lot tougher.

What do you think it takes to become successful in the Graphic Design industry?

I think if someone has the right attitude, skills and drive they will make it.

Favourite Typeface?

Aller.

Software you couldn’t live without?

Adobe Illustrator & Skype.

Three words to describe yourself?

Ambitious, creative & independent.

Hobbies and Interests?

Meeting new people, shooting great photographs on my D-SLR.

Favourite Designer?

I have too many to name.

Tools of the trade?

Macbook Pro i5, Coca Cola, Illustrator CS5.

Best and worst piece of work?

First logo for myself would be my best as it’s the moment everything began. My worst would definitely be trying to mess around with a MySQL database.

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

Read lots of interviews for advice, and if you have the inspiration – go for it.

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Contact Details:

Email: hello@toddmotto.co.uk

Website: http://www.toddmotto.co.uk

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/toddmotto

Linkedin: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/toddmotto

Some of Todd’s Design Portfolio




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