Who am I? I’m glad you asked. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Timofey Lychik; graphic designer at your service. At least that’s what I do for a living. Let’s start with a little history, shall we, I’ll be quick. I was born in Kyrgyzstan back in 1984, moved to Ukraine when I was about four, and then mo… Read More
Who am I? I’m glad you asked. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Timofey Lychik; graphic designer at your service. At least that’s what I do for a living. Let’s start with a little history, shall we, I’ll be quick. I was born in Kyrgyzstan back in 1984, moved to Ukraine when I was about four, and then moved to the U.S.A. in 1992 and never left. So here I am making your life better with the use of my graphic design skills. I currently reside in the Pacific Northwest; Tacoma, Washington to be more precise.
Nothing too special about me, I’m just your average person. This next part is going to sound like a personal ad, but here it is anyways. I’m a friendly, polite, creative, energetic (especially after some coffee), and an all around nice guy. I like working in teams that afford me to meet new friends and get acquaintances, but working solitarily is never a problem for me either. I’m very adaptable to my working environment. Controlling my temper is one of my strong suits. I stay calm and collected in tense and difficult situations; I often try to joke around to ease the tension, doesn’t always work, but has never hurt before. Being multi-cultural has allowed me to adapt to different environments quickly. It also allows me to look at things from different cultural perspectives.
Only recently, I returned from a two month trip to India; particularly the Kutch area in western most India. What a great experience to have been able to do photography, video, and design in a completely different culture. Meeting new friends and living a different life. Now that I’m back, I want to use the things I learned in the workplace.
My relaxation time is usually spent drinking hot tea, reading a book, listening to music, taking a brisk jog, or just socializing with friends; sometimes even a combination of them all. What I do for fun usually involves the outdoors. I like to hike, bike, rollerblade, swim, camp out, explore, and I always take my camera with me. Every week I like to meet up with some friends and practice singing. I’m in a singing group, we sing at our church. Well, those are some of my extracurricular activities that I participate in. Here’s another thing about me: I’m a Jesus follower.
Now a little bit about my design background. As of today, I have over six years of graphic design experience; which includes my time at college, freelance, pro-bono projects, design firm and a corporate work environment. I am very adaptable to various mediums, formats, and styles of design. There is not one single style or area on which I concentrate on, but design for a variety of applications such as web sites, web graphics, print media, and large format applications, videos and photography projects. I have not met a project that I wasn’t able to overcome.
There is much design software out there, and I’m completely fine with that. Although I personally like to use the Adobe Creative Suite for design projects, I’m also well acquainted with Corel and Quark sofware. I even like to use MS Office for office type tasks. As far as working platforms, I have good working knowledge of both the Mac and PC platforms. Other skills I have are: Digital pre-press, project coordination, excellent customer relations, photography, good communication, creative development, and video production.
So that’s about it. For more information or general questions feel free to email me, I will gladly respond. So here’s to life, liberty, and design. Read Less
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Since the dawn of time, mankind has been creating and designing that made sense in their minds. You can read about all the ancient civilizations and tribes in magazines and books and you will always find illustrations or photos of their writing system, or the intricate designs they used to paint on the walls. A… Read More
Since the dawn of time, mankind has been creating and designing that made sense in their minds. You can read about all the ancient civilizations and tribes in magazines and books and you will always find illustrations or photos of their writing system, or the intricate designs they used to paint on the walls. And, no matter which civilization you research, you will definitely find a means of visual communication. Starting with wall paintings found in caves, moving through the South American civilizations and their system of writing, seeing the Egyptian hieroglyphs, and even looking at the beginnings of our own western civilization we will find that the system of visual communication has been around for thousands of years. Whether we appreciate it or not, every single culture in the world today has a means of visually passing on ideas; through paintings, textiles, pottery, woodcarvings, masonry, typography, you name it. The world cannot get away from visually passing on ideas, stories, messages, and the like. For thousands of years mankind has been doing so. People who follow the design movement know where it stands today, and it is possible for those who don’t to do some quick research to see where it has gotten in the present time. What I would like to talk about in this short essay is my own take on where design will be in the near future based on observances on the happenings in the current sphere of visual communication.
We all know well that the computerization has done much to influence the world of visual communication. There are many new tools that make creating designs more quickly and efficiently. There are digital tablets, screen calibrators, powerful computers, big monitors with accurate colors, good printers, design software, and literature to tell you how you use it. Yet, the creative driving force behind all these tools is still the human mind. Sure, simple design software has made it easy for anyone to quickly put together an invitation or newsletter, and hand-drawing skills have become all but obsolete in the unknowing eye of the beholder, the fact is that design, or should I say good design that can accurately and powerfully pass on an idea or a message to the observer, is still the brainchild of an individual who has the mindset and creativity to show someone’s eyes what he or she has in mind. This individual will still go through a creative process to properly sketch out an idea, then he (it’ll be a he in this essay) will figure out the colors and the medium for his design, then he will use some of the available tools to finalize it. To many casual observers the first few steps are invisible because they only see the final product or idea and not the process or the thinking that went into visually describing it.
So, finally, where will the future of design be within the next few years or so? I think that there will be more designed materials out there. But like always there will be the group of people who want something pleasing and original for the eye to look at and then there will be the group of people who just want something to use. The former will be the group that will push design forward, the people who want great design will stimulate the expansion of new and better tools for designers. This group of people will promote design and encourage more young designers to create and go through the process to make something that is not only appealing, but gets a message through. The latter group will, unfortunately, bring about more and more “just make it look nice” people, the people: who’s cousin’s, sister’s boyfriend has an apple Mac Book with Photoshop on it; who can make it look nice. And, whether we agree or not, this group of people will undermine real designers who know and take the effort to go through the process and appreciate what has happened through history to influence contemporary design. But there is hope that this last factor will only motivate the designers of this world to get even more creative and thoughtful about their messages and points of view being generated by their thought process in their visual works.
To conclude, I think many of us have heard the saying that there is nothing new under the sun. Well it holds true for design as well. The look and feel might be fresh, but design is influenced by what is around us; environment, history, people, language, and culture. If you ask any designer, the designer will tell you somewhere in the conversation about the influences on their work. Thankfully mankind has an imagination that yet cannot be explained my science and mathematics, so we designers are safe from our jobs being taken over from us by machines. So until someone can write a computer algorithm to create with in a robot an imagination and program into it thousands of years of design, and then give it the free will to create, I think that designers will have a future; our jobs are safe. On a final note, hopefully this short essay will give you the reader some insight into the world of design, and maybe someday I will elaborate and tell you more about the history and the current state of design through my own words, but for now enjoy this insight into my mind and maybe we can someday work together. Read Less
In today’s world, a time when design has become an integral part of everyone’s lives, when many strive to bring form into their lives, and when retro is becoming the latest style, it is nearly impossible for young designers’ work to be inspired by what is already out there. Though every designer adds his or her… Read More
In today’s world, a time when design has become an integral part of everyone’s lives, when many strive to bring form into their lives, and when retro is becoming the latest style, it is nearly impossible for young designers’ work to be inspired by what is already out there. Though every designer adds his or her own style and characteristics, inspiration and influence can only come from existing designs, most likely inspired by other designs that came before. For me, my design is influenced by automotive design and nature.
Being a big car fan since an early age, I have followed the evolutions and revolutions of many car models through the years. Be it the elegantly modern designs of Henrik Fisker for Aston Martin or the controversial yet contemporary and exciting works executed by Chris Bangle for BMW. I’m also drawn to the simple, modern design from Porsche and Mercedes Design houses. I cannot deny that my work is also influenced by the creative elegance from Italian design houses: Pininfarina and Italdesign.
Nature has always been a great inspiration. Why? People love nature and always feel comfortable around the clear blue water or vibrant green leaves of the forests. Studies about what colors people remember best have found that the color blue is most remembered, and why not? At birth the enormous blue sky lies over our heads, evolving from the bright pink of the rising of the sun or to a brooding dark grey that signals of the coming of storm. How emotive can be the simple colors of nature.
I want to develop as a designer and to create work that is emulative of nature. I want to design works that manifest emotions in people, while making them feel comfort and familiarity. People should continue to learn as they go through life. Only when people have the thirst to learn and adapt, can they keep on living. It is the same for designers. When designers stop learning and adapting, when they stop being inspired, they stop being true designers. In the future, I aspire to work for a firm that helps me in promoting my design. Design in which people find comfort and familiarity all the while made to feel the appropriate emotions my design intends.
In the meantime, I strive to create work that is modern and clean and yet that can be adapted to work in a variety of situations or requirements. My designs are meant to work in a variety of different styles; I create designs that will work for modern, hip teenagers, but will not alienate the businessmen and women who require a professional look. That is my current aim. My focus is to adapt to what the client would require without losing my sense of design principles. Whether my client is a law firm and needs something to show professionalism and seriousness, or if my client is a niche group apparel boutique, I can adapt to the needs of that client’s design wishes and create work that will meet their expectations.
My current design is clean, simple, and modern design. Using a combination of typography, shapes, color, and lines I create work that is comprehensive, organized, and interesting. Whenever I design, I try to the best of my ability to add personal touches such as my own photography and reshaping letters to create a more cohesive design, but only when the situations allows. My work is clean, modern, and interesting.
Through my life I’ve been taught that it is more important to serve others than myself, and I would like to bring this principal into my design career; to serve clients to the best of my abilities and to comply with the clients’ wishes, only creating something completely mine when I’m given the freedom to do so. Read Less