This is the latest addition to our series of Crowdsourced Designer interviews here on Springleap, where we dig deep to get the feedback from designers and illustrators from around the world on their experience of crowdsourced design platforms. We shoot them some questions, they respond, and you get the lowdown – everyone wins! In today’s interview, we’re speaking to illustrator and punk rocker Marek Mundok from Slovakia! Who are you? My name is Marek Mundok and I’m freelance graphic designer and illustrator. I’m a musician as well, I play bass in a punk-rock band. Where do you live? I live in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a beautiful little country in the center of Europe. What crowdsource design platforms do you use? I have some logos for sale on brandcrowd.com and stocklogos.com, but no luck yet to be honest.
I think I just googled “How to sell your logos online” and I found those two sites interesting and easiest to use.
On the one hand it’s a great opportunity for those who don’t have stable clients yet or a huge portfolio to show, and it’s a chance to get noticed. On the other hand, for experienced graphic designers it brings the feel of competition and tension.
Not really, to be honest. I sell some t-shirt designs from time to time on mintees.com (if we can consider it to be a crowdsourcing site), my sustainable source of income is from clients. What inspires you? Common things in everyday life. I get the best ideas when I go for a walk with my dog or during travel. Then I have totally clean mind and time to think. Some of my designs are inspired by traditional tattoo art. Also I get inspiration from sites like Dribbble or Behance, and Google is very important as well of course. Describe your design style? I try to keep it simple, but unique. I like using textures or other techniques that give the design some kind of a retro feel. I also enjoy doing custom typography and my own textures to be as original as possible, but that’s hard because there are many designers with similar styles.
Here in Bratislava, at high school of graphic design. I obtained there the International Education Society certificate as a graphic designer of computer networks, but to be honest, I learnt all the important stuff on my own, thanks to the internet and the “trial and error” method. I just believe that life and experiences learn you more than any school.
I love to do everything that is interesting for me in some way. I always try to enrich my portfolio with new kinds of projects. So it’s hard to say what’s my favourite category, but I started with t-shirt designs and so it stayed a kind of work I really enjoy. Lately I’m doing a lot of logo designs and I love it.
I think it’s a t-shirt design for The Salvation Army WARdrobe project. Most of the sales profit of this project will go to help people with serious illnesses or to people who suffered from a various disasters. It’s a great feeling to be a part of that.
It’s a cliche but I believe that when you do something you really love and dedicate all your time to it, in the end you will always achieve positive results. I try my best to learn something new everyday and improve myself all the time. Thanks to Marek for taking the time to give us these insights on his experience of crowdsourced designing! If you’d like to see more of his work, you should go here.