Designprenuer Of The Week: Gilang Maulana

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Gilang Maulana, is a talented Indonesian designer that has a passion for change and a goal for Indonesian designers to be recognized everywhere. His creativity is never-ending especially when it comes to font design. Just check out his amazing designs that I’m sure you’d be tempted to download just by looking at it.

His portfolio: 

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Why are you a designer? 

Since I was young, I have always been interested in drawing, especially cartoon animations seen on television. In 2008, I enrolled myself in one of Bandung’s design colleges; then in 2009, I fell in love with creating 3D animation and animation shorts, but I came from a middle class family and could not afford a high-tech computer. Hence, postponing my dream to animate. During my university days, I worked as a freelance designer along with my friends creating 3D interior renderings and restaurant branding that eventually distracted me from my studies. Nevertheless, I graduated in 2011 with my Bachelor’s degree and started my career as a web designer; where I honed my knowledge about the internet and started designing for online creative markets.

Dari kecil saya memang sudah tertarik dengan menggambar dan saya senang dengan animasi film-film kartun di televisi. Pada tahun 2009 sebenarnya saya lebih tertarik untuk menciptakan sebuah film animasi 3d, tapi karena pada tahun 2009 saya tidak mampu untuk membeli komputer yang canggih untuk pembuatan animasi. Tahun 2008 saya masuk kuliah design di Bandung, karena saya berasal dari keluarga yang sederhana maka saya mencari biaya tambahan kuliah dengan mengerjakan beberapa project design di kota Bandung, pada awalnya saya sering membuat project 3d interior dan branding sebuah restaurant bersama beberapa teman dan sempat menghancurkan kuliah saya, tetapi disana saya bisa bertemu banyak klien dan menggali banyak ilmu tentang design. Akhirnya sekitar tahun 2011 saya telah berhasil memegang gelar sarjana, dan pada waktu itu saya memutuskan untuk kerja kantoran dan menjadi web designer, disana saya bisa mendalami dunia internet dan berujung pada saya sekarang.

How would you describe your design style? 

I love minimal and clean designs. In clean designs, the main subject of the design pops out the most. However, clean designs are also not that simple as we have to figure out the right compositions in order for the design to stand out.

I like minimal and clean design, karena dari hasil clean design saya bisa menonjolkan karakter utama dari design tersebut. Tapi tidak berarti membuat clean design tidak semudah yang dibayangkan, karena kita harus bermain komposisi agar karakter utama tetap menonjol.

Where do you look for inspirations? 

My inspirations can come from anywhere – when I am at my desk browsing around, when I am bored, when I am spending time with family, even when I am in the toilet. However, I am most inspired when I meet new friends.

Inspirasi datang dari mana saja, ketika di meja kerja saya mencari pada sebuah website, ketika bosan saya mengajak keluarga untuk jalan-jalan dan mencari inspirasi bersama, ketika di toilet pun saya sering mendapat inspirasi yang luar biasa, namun inspirasi terbesar yang saya dapatkan ketika saya bertemu teman baru.

Do you have a favourite quote? If yes, what is it and why?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” Nelson Mandela.

If everyone can do it, why not us?

Selama orang lain bisa melakukannya kenapa kita tidak?

Who are some of your favourite designers that inspired you the most?

There are so many! It’s hard to remember them one by one, but it definitely includes Walter Landor & Ruth Kedar.

Banyak sekali tentunya, sulit untuk mengingat satu-satu, ada Walter Landor & Ruth Kedar

What would you like to achieve in the next few years?

Up to now, I feel that Indonesian graphic designers have always been under appreciated and always been given a thumbs down from other countries, as well as our own. In the near future, I hope Indonesian designers will be much more appreciated and well known.

Sampai sekarang graphic designer Indonesia sering diacungi jempol oleh negara lain tapi di negara sendiri masih kurang apresiasi, untuk kedepannya mungkin designer Indonesia harus lebih diakui lagi di negaranya sendiri dan bisa sukses lagi.

What advice do you have for other upcoming Designpreneurs?

Keep designing, never give up, and always keep a positive thinking about making it with other Designpreneurs!

Terus berkarya, jangan patah semangat dan berpikir positive bahwa kalian bisa seperti mereka yang telah sukses di bidang Designpreneurs.


BONUS!

We look forward to many more amazing font designs from the very talented Gilang. If you want to be just like him and upload your designs on Designs.net, just click here!


If you would like to be featured as Designpreneur of the week, just simply click here and fill in the form. Who knows? You might be our next week’s featured designer!

Check out our last featured Designpreneur, Laila here:

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