Graphic Designer based in London.
NM: Hello Jasper! How does it feel to be graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design last summer? Were you pleased with your final piece and degree show?
JVB: Hello! It feels great; there were definitely numerous points during my third year where the end was not in sight! But all in all, I was pretty ready to move on and felt I had definitely done my time at Chelsea.
I was incredibly happy with my final piece and thought that the standard of work throughout our year group was top notch! The work put in collectively across all aspects of the show build was fantastic – a good job well done!
NM: Happy days. The degree show certainly seemed like the perfect balance between print and digital, which was inspiring to see. What did you work on as your final project? Do you see the project moving forward coming out of university?
JVB: Yeah for sure, I felt the show was an accurate representation of contemporary graphic design and all that it encompasses today.
I worked with clothing brand Volklore and produced a range of promotional material to advertise their SS13 & AW13 clothing collections. This included two look-books and a number of photo-shoots.
My client has used aspects of the project and we are keeping in contact for future projects. Although that work is complete it is a true example of how I work and a possible area to pursue since graduating, so in one way or another it moves forwards!
NM: Nicely done chap. Contacts are always a good thing! A question about Justified has got to be asked – how’s it all going? We loved your second publication here at Soapbox Press. What’s next?
JVB: Justified is going well, if not running a wee bit late. But luckily for us the release date isn’t something that is set in concrete and therefore gives us the freedom to produce and release when we feel ready.
Will graduated with me from Chelsea and Josh from AUCB so at the time when we ideally we wanted to release No.3 it was really too busy for us. Now each of us are settled in our separate areas we can focus on the exciting things we planned for No.3 and really put out an issue that we’re happy with!
NM: Looking forward to seeing No.3 when it enters the shelves!
Working your way from education into full time work is always a huge jump and a big transition. What have you found to be the best and worst things about the change?
JVB: The most notable worst thing is no longer having a mysterious amount of money appearing into my bank account! The student loan is dearly missed! Work-wise it has been relatively smooth, however I can predict, being freelance, that there will be a fair share of troubles and workflow will inevitably come and go. The best things are learning new skills, experiencing new environments, working with and beginning to build a good contact base of great people.
NM: Hear that! What and who inspires you in your career?
JVB: Inspiration for me can come from anywhere, friends, places and good work. Usually when I’m cycling. I find cycling to/from work a great time to let my mind wonder and process thoughts that get shoved to the back on a normal day. Everyone needs a bike!
NM: Got to love cycling! It’s always a tricky one when your mind becomes completely crammed with work. Sounds like you’ve got it sussed though.
So, completely off the topic of creativity, which famous person, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner and why?
JVB: For dinner I would have to have Richard E Grant, considering he was a teetotaler for his performance in ‘Withnail and I’; I can only imagine his company after many glasses of fine wine!
NM: Nice choice! To round off this interview what three words would you use to describe your work?
JVB: Eclectic, vibrant and dynamic.