Interview with Stefan Glerum
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We were curious about the designer who made the Dog Day Disco posters that showed up in Amsterdam from the beginning of 2010. They were quite different from what was hanging around town. A style of their own which we would like to typify as Urban Deco. They are all from the hand of Stefan Glerum. Reason enough to ask him some questions.

Q:
What made you start as a designer?
Stefan:
I always liked drawing my own medieval knights and their armies and castles. In a way it was designing your world on a small scale. I still like doing that.


Q:
What do you like about designing posters?
Stefan:
Posters are for public places. It always feels good to see your work on display for a large audience to see.


Q:
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Stefan:
More and more I’m getting inspired by the stuff that made me want to draw as a kid. Medieval knights, sports cars, warplanes etc. I like to combine those boyish objects with theme’s I encounter in popular culture in Amsterdam.


Q:
What makes a poster a good poster?
Stefan:
I like seeing posters where the designer chose to make fun of the subject matter/event/stuff that has to be sold.


Q:
What are your three favourite (series of) posters - done by someone else?
Stefan:
Chrome Children Tourposter from Burlesque. Big factory with lotsa stuff going on. Perfect poster for boys.

The Campari posters from futurist artist Fortunato Depero from the mid 1920’s. Really playfull, incredibly funny and very modern for that period.

Any poster by Chris Ware. Like when he still made posters. The guy’s a genious.

Q:
Which designer do you admire and why?
Stefan:
My brother. He isn’t that good in drawing stuff the way he would want. Also he’s a lefty. With everything he draws it looks like there’s a big part reserved for chance. And that results in the most humorous shapes and figures.


Q:
What's the most exciting design project you ever worked on?
Stefan:
I’ve recently designed a print for a glass for Duvel. It was a difficult experiences due to a lot of limitations in the print process, but I’ve learned a lot from it. It was a prestigious project and I feel honoured to have been chosen for it.


Q:
What design project are you currently working on?
Stefan:
I’ve just finished three t-shirt prints for Obey. I’m very excited to see them when they ’re finally in the stores.


After school Stefan worked as an assistant at Joost Swarte’s atelier for a year. After that he went to study illustration at the art academy St. Joost in Breda. He graduated in 2008 and have been active as an illustrator and designer ever since.


See more of Stefan his work and illustrations at www.stefanglerum.com

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