Oktober 6th, 2013

week #50 – @gigiben / Gilad

Gilad Fried

Who are you and where do you come from?
Hi all! My name is Gilad Fried and I’m a graphic designer based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I do both print and web design and occasionally some illustration. Recently I also started teaching.

Share your twitter account with us and tell us what you are twittering about:
My usual Twitter account is @gigiben  You will usually find there inspiring stuff I collect from around the web and to post to one of my various Tumblr accounts  During my time with @createandrotate I plan on also trying to share things i’m working on and my creative process.

Tell us about your creative side:
Since graduating from design school I have been working part time in a design studio and part time as a freelancer. It is crucial for me to try and do everything: designing for print and web, branding, illustration, curating and even some typeface design.
Last summer I did the Type@Cooper program in Cooper Union in NYC, an intense 6 week type design program. Focussing on a single project for more than a month was refreshing and showed me that as much as I like juggling between multiple projects at a time, delving deep into one thing could be as inspiring.

What inspires you?
I’m mostly inspired by stories and characters. Historical characters and mythological beings are fascinating to me. Telling a story in a single image, as opposed to animation or cinema, is a challenge I always like and the bigger the restraints are the more fun it is (that’s why I like drawing icons so much!).

Time travel: Where would you go to?
Austria in the mid-late 1800’s. I was always curious to be in the Austro-Hungarian empire in the time of Kaiser Franz Josef and Sissi.

Name your favorite present book:
I’m currently reading a new Hebrew translation of The Canterbury Tales and really enjoying it. Just before that I read It Chooses You by Miranda July and it went straight to my all time favourites.

Which tweeter would you recommend for @createandrotate and why?
I love following @olmocs  Me and Manuel did the Type@Cooper program together and I can testify that he is as interesting, knowledgeable and kind in person as he is on Twitter.

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