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Rolando Venegas: Suspended in Transition IDD 2022

The theme of the International Council of Design’s International Design Day 2022 is “Suspended in Transition” – the odd place we find ourselves, caught between crises and the hope for a new normal.

We asked Graphic Artist Guild Members what role designers and illustrators play in effecting change for a better world, and how they, as a working professionals, are meeting the challenges of this new world.

“I believe that we as designers, illustrators and creators are made to see the world differently…it is natural for us to want to create with a positive impact, and luckily we are the ones with the tools and imagination to do so.”
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headshot of Ronaldo Vegas framed in a bright green circle

Rolando Venegas

Designer, Illustrator, Muralist

How have you adjusted to the large-scale changes in how we work and interact with our clients and our communities?

I feel like I am still learning how to interact with clients. Communication is not the hard part, it’s incorporating the technology with it. Every client is different so if there is one thing that I have adjusted to, it’s to not get too comfortable with one way of communicating.

Has your perception of the role you play as a designer or illustrator changed in response to the various crises we’ve been experiencing? Has it affected how you work, what projects you want to work on, or how you want to engage?

I would say that my perception has shifted. Covid has shifted the roles of designers drastically where now we are spending more time on our phones and laptops. There is a huge market for digital, motion, 3D and AR. I am fascinated by it and at the same time, I am in a state of learning these tools that are new (to me). I find that it has affected my process deeper, breaking out of the 2-D world and experimenting with ways that infuse digital and reality.

How do you believe designers and illustrators are positioned to help imagine and create a better future?

I believe that we as designers, illustrators and creators are made to see the world differently. As we take in concepts from our peers, clients or even our own ideas, I feel it is natural for us to want to create with a positive impact, and luckily we are the ones with the tools and imagination to do so.

All images © Ronaldo Venegas. Used with permission.



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