Vesela Mihaylova is a Graphic/Web Designer from Bulgaria. She also loves photography, which she integrates in her work. Her style features amazing lighting, lines and a mixture of techniques.
Can you tell us more about your background? What made you pursue web and graphic design as a career?
As a kid I enjoyed drawing a lot and later on I started taking classes in order to get into an art school. There my interest jumped into theater posters and info graphics. Somehow the combination of creating something aesthetic and at the same time applicable made sense for me and later on I continued to my Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design.
Do you have a particular style that you maintain in each of your work?
In my professional works I strive for minimalism and simplicity, I try to reach a state where nothing can be added nor removed. But in my personal projects I am just searching for the best way to transmit an idea, even sometimes risking having made something too talkative.
What is it about photography and graphic design that you love?
I just like expressing myself through images. Using words for manifesting my thoughts is not my strongest skill, that is why I prefer the image where it is easier to leave things encrypted or unsaid.
What tools/ apps do you usually use for your photo manipulations?
Where do you usually get inspiration?
I like reading books and very often a quote can trigger a wish to be expressed visually; Tricky, Bjork, Róisín Murphy, Radionhead, some of my favorite musicians, they have always been a big inspiration. But most of all, wherever I go I always have my camera ready for capturing a moment, good light or just beautiful color combination.
What projects or activity make you want to rise up in the morning or keep you up at night?
Most of all deadlines keep me awake at night, though I really appreciate working in the late hours, where there is nothing to distract you. When you are in a project you enjoy you don’t feel how time passes.
I like your series on the Behance, “Why do I… :RED”? Can you tell us more about it?
I shot some of the images to test my compact camera with a small magnifying glass and the result turned out good. At that time I was deeply in love with a person, but I was not brave enough to confess my feelings. This is how the photos transformed into a love letter. Later the images were published in BAK – a screen magazine. I don’t think he ever got the message.
Are you currently working on any new series?
Lately I drifted away from the screen, it started being too limited for me. Now I am learning to work with electronics and going into making things with my hands like embroidering or sewing.
What are your plans in the future? How do you see yourself 5-10 years from now?
I would love to teach one day and give away the knowledge and experience gathered so far, I think this is the best way to keep on learning.
Any message for our readers?
Work hard and make your dreams come true, be curious and try to find your source of inspiration!