CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF ?
Hi, my names Davy, originally from South West Wales but currently living in Brighton.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST INFLUENCE ?
I’ve always liked to draw since I was a child. My Dad was a painter who used to sell his paintings from time to time, so I think seeing him paint was my first influence. Toward the end of secondary school I started to experiment with photography, which I really enjoyed. I had not heard of graphic design until I finished secondary school and went on to study it at collage, it sounded like a good mix of all the things I enjoyed doing at the time. More influence came from my brother after he gave me the Richard D James album by Aphex Twin. That led me onto seeing Warp music videos and eventually the work of Chris Cunningham.
TODAY, WHAT IS YOUR STRONGEST INSPIRATION ?
Having a flick through my friends Instagram photos taken in the Isle Of White.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US THE WAY YOU WORK ?
I like to keep my work as experimental as possible. Purposeful play and happy accidents often play a big part in my work. I really enjoy using macro photography too, its a great tool for creating abstract environments. For some projects I like to keep the images and footage true to reality with no after-effects or computer manipulation.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US YOUR WORK WITH THE BAND XX ?
I discovered the process during University when working on a project about oil. When I started working for Beggars Group, Phill Lee who is head creative at XL Recordings saw my work and asked if I would like to be involved with the artwork for the upcoming xx album. We then pushed the process further and I shot visuals and photography for each track. It was a fun project to work on and I was very lucky to get such an offer so early in my career.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR IDEAS FOR A PROJECT ?
There’s no one place really, It’s usually from many different places. Can be anything from music, films, places, or online blogs. I really like a website called Butdoesitfloat at the moment. There’s a lot of great photography on there.
CAN YOU TELL US THE CRAZIEST EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD ON A PROJECT ?
It’s difficult to say as this past year has been a crazy experience. Finding myself working with artists such as The XX and the legendary Scott Walker has been pretty surreal. I’ve also recently got back from a trip to Scotland where we stayed in a haunted manor house for a couple of days and where offered a free cabinet of whisky on arrival. Good times.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB/PROJECT ?
I think it would be fun to be an underwater filmer/photographer, or maybe a marine biologist. The idea of traveling to different countries to film would be a nice lifestyle. Although at the moment I’m very happy with my current job so I wouldn’t change it just yet.
WHAT IS THE FEELING THAT YOU WISH TO COMMUNICATE IN YOUR WORK ?
If its moving Image, I generally try to create something that’s relaxing to look at. My tutor once told me ‘nature is the best designer’ so I try to keep my work organic in some way.
HAVE YOU GOT OTHER CURRENT PROJECTS ?
I’m currently working on photography for a London based artist called Fryars. It’s been an on going project and we’ve recently just finished filming visuals that will be projected at his next gig. I’ve also got a project lined up with a Brighton based Creative Studio, Future Deluxe. We will be working on a mini film to promote a typeface, so I’m really looking forward to that.
YOUR LAST WORDS ?
Dal ati, Daliwch ati (welsh for keep at it)
DESIGN : Davy Evans.
DIGITAL TEMPLE Magazine – MMXIII.