12 Questions: Meet Bryan Blue S. Cuevas (Philippines) Audree | March 8th, 2010

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice.

We’re very proud to feature Bryan Blue Cuevas (crowdSPRING username: blueii) today. Blue lives and works in Manila, Philippines.

1. Please tell us about yourself.

There’s something about interviews that unnerves me but WOW, I’m being interviewed. That’s so cool!

Hey there! My name’s Bryan Blue Cuevas but you can call me Blue. I’m a quarter of a century years old living in Manila, Philippines. I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts where I majored in Advertising. The odd thing is that art and design were never my first choices. I’ve already finished a year in medical technology before I shifted to Fine Arts where I realized that designing is my passion. It gave me perspective on what I wanted to do as a career. Moving on… I’ve worked at a couple of design/advertising agencies where I learned the ropes of the trade. After which I went to a large FMCG corporation where I worked as the in-house designer for their packaging, labeling and other collateral. I stayed on for a year then I started my freelance practice at www.bluescue.com. On to a more personal side of myself. I have a girlfriend of 4 years and 2 toy poodles (yep, I know. Very manly huh?). I love japanese and mexican food. I hate waiting in lines.

2. What is the design industry like in the Philippines?

I couldn’t really say much since I’m just one of the thousands and thousands of creative people that make up the whole design industry here. But in my own opinion, it’s getting better now since a lot of the agencies and schools of design are opening their minds to different styles and not just focus on the trends.

3. Which of your designs are your favorites and why?

Hmmmm… my favorites would probably be the Pink Flamingo Farm and my personal logo design. The Pink flamingo Farm because it looks so simple yet professional. It’s going to be included in a book that will be published in 2011 and has been acknowledged in a number of design websites . My personal logo is also a favorite of mine because as a designer, it’s always hard to create and pick out your own logo. Like every designer would say, the best critique is yourself. And so far, I’ve been pleased with my personal logo.

4. Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your design work?

A really big influence on my design work would definitely be my surroundings. I get inspirations in everything I see all around. From my hand to the clouds, from the lifeless screwdriver set on my table to the beautiful and colorful plants outside my window. Basically anything that my two eyes can see.

5. How do you come up with ideas for concepts after you read a buyer’s
creative brief?

Concept brainstorming is a very important aspect of my design process. It takes me a couple of read-throughs of the brief or sometimes I leave the project and just come back and read through it again before I see what is needed by the client. I usually start off with a few sketches of my thoughts on the project. Sketching is quite important because it frees your mind and leads your hand to anything that you’d like it to do.

6. Mac or PC?

The much asked question to every designer. Well, the Mac is a great invention of our time. I used it at work before and it was so easy to comprehend. But when I decided on my own machine, I opted for the PC since it’s compatible with a lot of programs and that I am very much familiar with it. I’ve used PCs since I was still a kid playing those 2D games with electronic sounds. Geez, makes me wonder what happened to those. So yeah, I choose PC over Mac but if you give me a Mac Pro, I’d drop my PC anytime.

7. How has technology affected your work?

Technology, I like. I’ve got the new Windows 7 installed in my PC. It operates perfectly and so far I haven’t run into a bug of sort. I use a lot of Adobe software, like Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and LightRoom. Technology has greatly increased my productivity a hundred-fold, maybe even a thousand. I am now a slave of it. But the old-fashioned pencil and paper will always be an important part of my desktop.

8. What are your favorite websites for inspiration or learning about
graphic design?

My favorite websites for inspiration would be logopond.com, logomoose.com and logooftheday.com. These are very helpful in seeing trends and comparisons. I also get really good critics from their members. That is always very helpful in designing since you can never be too objective of your work.

9. Please describe your typical work day.

Typical work day? Ummmm…. I’ll outline it to be clearer because it’s kind of wayward in a sense that it’s not quite organized. LOL

- Wake up, check on the dogs, clean their poop from the newspaper, wash-up.
- Check emails, work a bit, contact clients, send-in files
- Cook lunch for both me and my girlfriend, feed the dogs, eat
- Check emails again, work a bit, watch tv, maybe take a nap, number 2
- Go to the gym, go home, shower, either go out and have fun or just stay at home (depends on the day)
- Cook dinner or grab food, Feed the dogs again, play with them, walk them
- Check emails again (yep, I keep checking my emails), work, work, work, work some more, watch TV, sleep

And do it again. Although things may change since I am not a robot but yeah, this is a typical day for me.

10. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of being a
graphic designer?

The thing I find most challenging is the competition since designers are a dime a dozen especially here in the Philippines. You’ve got to really harness your talents and skills to be able to go somewhere. Another would be finding work and clients. But despite all the challenges, the rewards are sweet. Recognition is the best thing that could ever happen to me and seeing my clients’ faces light up when they see my work.

11. How does your degree in Fine Arts and Advertising influence your design?

It influences a lot of things since I can apply different design principles I learned into my craft. Aesthetics is one thing, but knowing the technicalities is also another and that it makes a huge difference. Both factors come together to create a working design that will stand.

12. What do you do with your free time?

Yes, free time!!! I always make sure I get enough of this to avoid breakdowns. My girlfriend and I love to watch the movies, go everywhere and just take photos, walk the dogs and do anything. I also watch TV a lot. I play video games when I get bored or get stumped on a project. I basically have fun yet get serious when I need to work.

Thanks

Blue

___________________

Maraming salamat, Blue!

Need something designed? Name your price. Pick from 110+ entries. Love it or your money back.

Like our blog? You’ll freaking love our Twitter updates. Oh, and you’ll dig our Facebook page too.

  • monsterleo

    Blue Im a huge fan…great work man.

  • monsterleo

    Blue Im a huge fan…great work man.

  • sickdogg

    I wish that I had just one ounce of your talent.

    Its **** priceless.

    Best, Gav.

  • sickdogg

    I wish that I had just one ounce of your talent.

    Its **** priceless.

    Best, Gav.

  • Patty Anne

    Blueii- luff you man!! I’ve personally enjoyed your work. :0)

  • Patty Anne

    Blueii- luff you man!! I’ve personally enjoyed your work. :0)

  • dudek

    love your stuff!

  • dudek

    love your stuff!

  • Janis Aydelette

    Hi Blue,
    2 Things that stand out about you:
    Your designs are inspirational, and I love your upbeat attitude! It was fun to get to know a little more about you.
    Congrats on your interview!

  • Janis Aydelette

    Hi Blue,
    2 Things that stand out about you:
    Your designs are inspirational, and I love your upbeat attitude! It was fun to get to know a little more about you.
    Congrats on your interview!

  • Blue Cuevas

    Wow! Thanks guys! Really nice to hear those kind words! I’m so happy be a part of those community!

    Cheers everyone!

    Blue

  • Blue Cuevas

    Wow! Thanks guys! Really nice to hear those kind words! I’m so happy be a part of those community!

    Cheers everyone!

    Blue

  • TheNutz

    it’s really nice to have you here. great job

  • TheNutz

    it’s really nice to have you here. great job

  • rachelstene

    Great work Blue! Especially love Pink Flamingo Farm!

  • rachelstene

    Great work Blue! Especially love Pink Flamingo Farm!

  • Blue Cuevas

    Thanks thanks thanks! Really excited to be featured! Woot!

  • Blue Cuevas

    Thanks thanks thanks! Really excited to be featured! Woot!

  • Angus

    Great interview Blue, and really nice to read more about you! I’ve always liked your work, and always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. Nice one mate.

  • Angus

    Great interview Blue, and really nice to read more about you! I’ve always liked your work, and always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. Nice one mate.

  • grizzwells

    blueeeeeeee ,

    so glad to see ur interview , i hope u remember moi :)
    i praised ur workk many times in crowdspring , uv also given me nicee advices , thnx a lot for them n reallY U ROX !!

  • grizzwells

    blueeeeeeee ,

    so glad to see ur interview , i hope u remember moi :)
    i praised ur workk many times in crowdspring , uv also given me nicee advices , thnx a lot for them n reallY U ROX !!

  • Travis Keenan Tiffin

    B-L-U-E!!!!

    I remember seeing that Pink Flamingo when you did it, doesn’t surprise me a bit that it has received recognition. You already know I have serious mancrush on you, so I’ll stop gushing! Watch your rearviewmirror though, just cuz I had to leave for three months to help my brother doesn’t mean I still can’t catch you buddy!!! See you out there!!! Great interview, btw.

    Cheers,
    Travis

  • Travis Keenan Tiffin

    B-L-U-E!!!!

    I remember seeing that Pink Flamingo when you did it, doesn’t surprise me a bit that it has received recognition. You already know I have serious mancrush on you, so I’ll stop gushing! Watch your rearviewmirror though, just cuz I had to leave for three months to help my brother doesn’t mean I still can’t catch you buddy!!! See you out there!!! Great interview, btw.

    Cheers,
    Travis

  • Blue Cuevas

    Ei Ei!

    Thanks guys! Really appreciate being part of this community. A lot of creative and positive people. Yep, I said positive!

    All of you are AWESOME!

    Blue

  • Blue Cuevas

    Ei Ei!

    Thanks guys! Really appreciate being part of this community. A lot of creative and positive people. Yep, I said positive!

    All of you are AWESOME!

    Blue

  • Maverick3001

    Great interview mate..so hard to pick a favorite among so many.

    You’ve got class man, a great style and so effortless,plus you’re a stand up guy..

    Keep it up bro..

    Peace

  • Maverick3001

    Great interview mate..so hard to pick a favorite among so many.

    You’ve got class man, a great style and so effortless,plus you’re a stand up guy..

    Keep it up bro..

    Peace

  • SamFox

    Blue, I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I really admire your logo work, you always nail the concept so well and express the ideas very eloquently in your designs!

  • SamFox

    Blue, I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I really admire your logo work, you always nail the concept so well and express the ideas very eloquently in your designs!

Hey, it's crowdSPRING!

Tens of thousands of the world's best and most successful entrepreneurs, businesses, agencies and nonprofits use crowdSPRING for affordable and risk-free custom logo design, web design, a new company name or other writing and design services. More than 160,000 designers and writers work on crowdSPRING. We create designs and names people love. 100% guaranteed.

Get Blog Updates

Free E-Books

12 Question Interviews with cS designers.
Get it »

Contracts for designers who hate contracts.
Get it »

Contracts for software developers who hate contracts. Get it »

More in inspiration, Interviews (239 of 312 articles)

/** chartbeat **/