1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name is Umair Abbasi, and I’m a Typographer, Visual Designer and Design Educator based in Lahore Pakistan! Other than that, I’m a Stir-Fry enthusiast, stereotypical Virgo, and a complete cat-dad.. if that makes sense.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I believe I have serious commitment issues when it comes to sticking to one particular aesthetic. My work varies from collage-work and image manipulation to digital painting as a student, and now purely typographic. Colour theory, Geometry & Typography have been a big part of my aesthetic throughout. My recent typographic work tries to reimagine letterforms as 3-dimensional structures within themselves, whether as architecture or furniture.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
My medium is purely digital. As an avid fan of technology and all that it allows us to do, I believe the possibilities of digital art and design are endless.
4. What is your artistic process like?
All over the place! I like trying a billion things at once, adding, subtracting different elements. A lot of trial and error, and loads of failed versions!
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
Recently some of my biggest inspiration has come from the architectural photographer Marvin Rand. Designers such as Max Miedinger, Ernst Keller and Dieter Rams have had a huge impact on my work.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
It helps me make sense of all the clutter I see in the world. Art has given me friends that I value more and more with each passing day. Art helps me learn, and unlearn and grow as a person. In some minute way, its a part of everything I do and enjoy about life.
7. Where did you study?
I studied Visual Communication Design from the School of Visual Arts & Design, BNU, Lahore. Currently, I’m also enrolled as a Masters Student at the same university.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Doing something that challenges me, but also allows me to help others.
9. What about in ten?
With 10 cats, a grey beard, and friends and family that love and help me grow. Possibly a rooftop vegetable garden.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I’ve always tried to create work that people enjoy visually, work which perhaps does not pretend to be more than what it is. I enjoy simplicity.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
My mothers’ fried rice. I tease her often that we should leave everything and open a diner.
12. Favourite book?
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
13. Favourite genre of music?
The new wave of bedroom pop. I listen to a lot of Fantasy Guys, Gus Dapperton, Khruangbin, Still Woozy, Jakob Ogawa.
14. What are your hobbies?
While quarantined, my hobbies only include drinking tea obsessively, and watching Neo-Noir Crime dramas on Netflix! Sad – but true.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A professional chef, without a doubt!