Interview: Mohamed Samir

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Name: Mohamed Samir

Where do you live?
I am Egyptian, currently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Known for:
Creative design, branding and geometric illustrations.

Currently working as:
Lead Designer.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
When I was ten, probably. I started shining with my drawing skills at that time.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
This is a tough question. But If I have to choose, so it will be in the jungle! It is the only place that has all the creatures that we got inspiration from.

How would you describe your creativity?
I don’t believe in that term “creativity”. We don’t create, we just discover, and creativity is the art of discovery. Let’s call it “style” and I can say that my style is the simple design with an artistic hint.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I studied engineering; I was doing both engineering and design till I shifted totally. But I’ve taken this seriously since the day I started it, 2009.

What do you do at the moment?
Currently I am focusing more on branding. And I am doing series of geometric illustrations that simplifies life objects into 2.5D shapes.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Two pieces of advice. First, is to think always about what the new thing they will add to make them different in the market. Second, Commercial art is always about meeting a communication need of someone else not about our own creative expression.

Tell us how it all started.
I don’t think that I remember a solid start, I started sketching when I was very young then moved to design after studying engineering. So it was there all the time!

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Calmness and Space.

What is your favorite film?
Planet earth, The BBC series.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?

My art teacher, Mr. MouneerLashin. To thank him for all his support and knowledge that he gave me while I was child.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
Here is a secret! Every now and then, I go to the sea alone at night and just sleep on the sand. It always helps me to relax, think and sometimes come up with new ideas or projects.

What is luxury for you?
Luxury is simplicity.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
“You have golden dust in your fingers” by Rob Marinissen.

What do you fear most?
My only fear is whether what I am doing is going to add something new from artistic perspective and whether it will change someone’s thinking in a good way or no from an effectiveness perspective.

What is a happy life to you?
A happy life for me is (to do my best + to be satisfied with what I have) both together.

What does a regular day look like for you?
This is a tough one, because every day for me is a new life, but normally it is like opening my eyes and asking what is the challenge today and start working on that. It could be as simple as just resting all the day or challenging as working 24 hours a day.

Tell us about your dream project.
My dream project is to build an art village that does not aim profit. It would be just to support everyone to express themselves with artistic tools.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
To be honest, from professional perspective I used to follow good work and I never felt that I want to be or follow a certain person.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
It is simple design with an artistic hint. Also I am always keen about exploring, picking and work with new color palettes.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
If it is one thing, so it will have to be water!

What inspires you?
All the surroundings, attitude of creatures, colours of birds, materials of plants, motion of butterflies…etc.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
I’ve read several books in design, art, engineering, math and soft skills. I consider every book as a brick in my personal build. But on a life scale, the book that made the most impression in my life is the Quran.

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