Ben has a story I feel inspiring.
You will see how he almost dropped school at the age of 16 – fortunately, one of his teacher saw his creative potential and encouraged him to study in a Design school.
In love with cars, he went to Transport design, been through various design experience – and now he’s conceiving Yacht.
Believe me or not he’s now living in a boat in the middle of the Pacific ocean and the islands!
Ben and I went to the same Design school at CREAPOLE-ESDI in Paris – I like to converse with Ben, there is always a lot to learn from him. I am glad he accepted to share his vision with all of us for the following interview.
Can you tell us about you?
I am working as a designer since 2008, mostly automotive and industrial design. I am currently living and sailing in French Polynesia.
How did you get into design?
“Drawing has been a way
to get everything I dreamed about.”
What do you like the most at being a designer?
Something you don’t like?
You started studying and working in car industry.
How did you manage to design yachts?
I have been involved in very different projects during my young career of designer, cars, bike, yacht, airplane interior design, industrial design and video games.
All the following projects into the Peugeot Design Lab was interesting, from an electric bike to a cabin of a luxury airplane, I learned a lot working into a team full of talented people, thanks to them!
I am living onboard of a sailboat but I continue to work in industrial design.
“Get inspired everyday”To sail on a sailboat is a daily “design experience” in a way.
It’s full of beauty but reality comes to you very quickly, without any filter.
Few words about Grand Blanc Pacific ?
How did you learn how to sketch ?
I learned to create something from blank page, to observe reality, understand the crucial roles of light on surfaces and try to reproduce it with tools as pen, pencils, marker etc… One of the main step in your learning is:
“Unlock your hand”Start to sketch freely without any consideration on the result itself, by this way, you start to express a feeling of what is your idea in a very natural way.
What are your tools?
- Bic pen
- 80g A4 Paper
- Macbook Laptop 15″
- Wacom 13″ Cintiq powered by Solar Panel somehow !! 😉
Do you prefer to draw by hand or digital ?
Can you send us a picture of your workstation?
Where do you get your inspiration from?
What is your creative process ?
I guess I can start from anything, transform it and re-use as a concept.
I add to this method a particular attention to the history of the company and to the making process first, this part of life of the product are its roots.
When you lack of inspiration what do you do?
It is sometimes a good idea to stop it and take distance from your work. Open your eyes again, hear fully, share your thought with friends, colleagues or people out from design sector and come back again with a fresh attitude.
“Get inspired from books”I also start to input again by watching natural life and reading books for example. Some reading are so powerful that you don’t need anything else to start and develop a concept. Just try, you won’t regret!
How do you translate your inspiration into your design?
What is your next step?
Any advice for an aspiring designer ?
“Learn with passion”Energy is yours and the one of your colleagues,
so keep working hard, keep sketching and keep learning from others with passion.
Do you listen to music while you sketch ?
I am not listening music while working, but it could be something like these for example ; Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, Jacques Brel, Mc Solaar, Serge Gainsbourg, Bashung, BB King, Eliot Goldenthal and so on…. eclectic moods !
If you could draw something and make it become reality. What would it be ?
Any links you want to add about your work ?
Thank you Ben for your insight!
I hope this interview has been inspiring for you. If you too wonder if you should go into design, follow your instinct and passion.