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Interview with designer – Cakes

‘Two Flat Whites’ takes time out to interview one of Sydney’s new up & comers in the design industry, ‘cakes’. Cakes is one of the founders of Kinski & Bourke who are a Sydney based team specializing in web design, print graphics & branding. You can contact them at Kinski & Bourke.

If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?

I write and I call the outer urban sprawl of Sydney ‘home’.

In your own words, what do you do?

I work for the multi-national design conglomerate Kinski & Bourke – you may have heard of them. I hold the title Consultant Visual Specialist.

Childhood Memories:

TV Show –
Super Ted. What a fun programme!

Hobby –
I had a bug catcher that I enjoyed. I once raised a caterpillar, feeding it leaves from my mum’s garden. It wove itself a cocoon and a week or so later, out emerged a large moth.

Food –
Are we still talking about childhood memories? I guess my most fondly remembered childhood food-related moment is eating Golden Gaytime ice creams at Grandma’s.

Fear –
Corpses.

People –
My family I suppose.

Defining moment –
My childhood was fairly average… there were no defining moments.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Memories of school are kind of a blur. I can’t really remember.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up to?

I wake up and commute to the offices of Kinski & Bourke. A meeting is held every morning at 9:47am sharp, to discuss the day ahead. From this point onwards, the day can go any number of ways… Sometimes it ends in tragedy. A lot of the day is spent not just performing graphic design, but idle chit-chats around the water cooler, or managing the ins and outs of K&B. For example, advertising strategies, etc.

We also deal with clients, which is almost a full-time job in itself. In this industry (much like any other industry) clients are both our best friends and our worst enemies. You have your hydraulic engineer hovering behind your shoulder attempting to release his inner Picasso, while you just want to design a simple, elegant and functional business card. JOKES. Jokes.

It’s great when the client articulates his or her design ideas and becomes involved in the process – it creates parameters through which the designer can work.

Where can people see your work?

At the Kinski & Bourke website.

For love or money?

There needs to be a happy medium. It helps to enjoy doing what you do, but on the other hand you also need to earn a crust.

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

That’s a secret!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Earning gazillions of duckets!

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

Anna Nicole Smith, John Howard and the Lord Jesus Christ. Anna Nicole because it would be fun to communicate with the dead. John Howard so we can discuss his retirement options and of course Jesus, because I’m Catholic.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee thanks – white, two sugars.

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