I own ‘360º of Cake’, a print by young designer Linus Kraemer. It hangs above my TV and often, I find myself looking at Linus’ print rather than the TV. The print is clever, handsome and original – which is generally more than can be said about what’s coming out of my telly. So here’s an interview I did with Linus, in which I quiz him about maths, 9 to 5 jobs and baking cakes….
Before studying graphic design, you completed a degree in engineering mathematics. Why the career change? And how do you feel your background in maths influences your designs?
I never really started the career in engineering. I got distracted by doing an art foundation, and then found that graphic design was really what I wanted to do. Because I had never studied art before then, my approach to design is more logical – things need to be done for a reason. The more obvious result of this unusual background is that I’m better at doing technical drawings than beautiful paintings, so that’s what I do!
What would be your dream commission?
I’d love to do something interactive one day. I love work that is more than just print or digital, something big and 3D!
Where do you get your ideas?
In the shower mainly.
Who/ what’s your favourite:
Designer - Maybe still Dan Eatock – I’ve consistently been amazed by his stuff since I first discovered him.
Artist - Francis Alÿs
Book - Pebble Island by Jon McNaught for No Brow press. His illustrations are really thoughtful.
Film - Predator: “If it bleeds, we can kill it”
Place - The highest bit of my cycle to work is the middle of Tower Bridge – it’s a great place to appreciate London.
What do you get up to in your free time?
I try and do music production when I get time. My name is DJ Lino!
(This is a sundial – genius!)
What’s your studio space like?
It’s half of my bedroom. But I’m lucky to have a reasonably sized room and flatmates who like cooking for me (I hope they like it anyway).
What projects have you got on the go at the moment?
I’m have been making work for the wonderful collective called Assemble. I designed a load of maps and signs with them for an estate in Croydon, and branded their project for New Addington.
I am the proud owner of your print 360º of cake, and I’m looking at it right now. Are you a good baker?
I’m not that good at baking but I like the cake decorating part.
(Wowee! Would you check out that cake!)
Finally, where can we find your lovely prints?
You can buy my prints from me here, Smug (Islington), Beach London (Brick Lane), Lik & Neon (Brick Lane), Supernice (Columbia Road) and The Beardshop (Hamburg.)
Nice to talk to you Linus, we look forward to seeing much more smart design from your mathematical brain!