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DEZINE I S S U E

INTERVIEW: ZECHARIAH LEE We talk to Zechariah Lee, photographer and co-founder of Nubko.

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A SEPARATE REALITY Alex Andreyev shares his phenomenally surreal digital art series.

TALBOTICS We take a look at Tal Avitzur’s science fiction and comic book inspired sculptures.


GOING THROUGH

CHANGES As with all things creative, DEZINE is forever evolving. And since the first issue we’ve made a few changes to the way we do things and even made a few tweaks to the look and feel of the magazine itself. The response to the first issue was unbelievable, and we can’t thank everyone enough for reading, liking, sharing and doing whatever you did to support us. For those of you returning, welcome back, and to any new readers, it’s good to have you with us. We hope you enjoy checking out issue 02 as much as we enjoyed making it. See you next time.

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S P E C I A L T H A N KS TO. . .

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ben Wainman

PRODUCTION EDITOR: Evangeline South

PROOF READER: Emma Brown

ADVERTISING COORDINATOR: Ryan J. Leeming

DESIGNERS/ARTISTS: Alex Andreyev, Tal Avitzur, Bilellis, Gergely Gulyas, Studio Stephan Lerou, Coral Medrano, Jamie Quarmby

MODELS: Katie Campbell, Madi Clark, Jasmina Dzurlic, Missy Galvin, Marla Garay, Mellisa Goodwin, Dylan Jordan, Yuliia Kurochka, Rachael Lange, Paige MacDonald, Angela Mariano, Alice Peneaca, Ali Simes

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Chris Devour, Alfie Friday, Max Karpovich, Zechariah Lee, Geraint Rowland, Mariana Souza

WRITERS: Chris Devour, Jimmy Goldsworthy, Gergely Gulyas, Max Karpovich, Kiki McMurrick, Shari Miller, Connor Sherwood


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Photographer: Zechariah Lee Model: Angela Mariano


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A WONDROUS CLIMB

IS INNOVATION DEAD?

We interview 20-year-old

Ascend the Saint John’s

Or are we just asleep?

photographer and Nubko co-

Cathedral into the time of

Have we hit the peak of our

founder, Zechariah Lee.

Hieronymus Bosch.

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STRANGE FRUIT

BELONG

WINTER IN SIBERIA

CAPTURE LIFE...

Alfie Friday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ is a

The place you belong is

Gaze upon some of the

Candid photography is growing

photoseries taking inspiration

the place you turn when

beautiful sights Siberia has

more and more popular. It’s

from the lyrics of Kanye West.

you’re all out of places.

to offer in the winter.

not hard to see why...

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A SEPARATE REALITY

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

INDYKIDZ

Alex Andreyev shares with

As a designer, you probably

Mariana Souza’s interpretation

us his excellent “Separate

know a little bit about managing

of teenagers and young adults'

Reality” series.

client expectations...

habits in the 21st century.


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CROWDSOURCING

CHRIS DEVOUR

TALBOTICS

Crowdsourcing is very big right

We hear from 25-year-old

We take a look at Tal Avitzur’s

now. But is it doing designers

Oradea-based photographer,

science fiction and comic book

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Chris Devour.

inspired sculptures.

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FREELANCE PROCESSES

H3 HOUSE

REFRACTARIO

PHOTOJOURNAL: MEXICO

When you become a freelancer

3D artist, Gergely Gulyas shares

We take a look at the

Geraint Rowland returns with

you don’t always think about all

his rendering of a Luciano Kruk

remarkable “Refractario” series

more stories from his travels,

of the responsibilities...

designed property.

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MORBID ATTRACTION

SELECTED PROJECTS

GET SOCIAL

A series of artworks

A selection of great projects

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from Bilellis, inspired by

submitted to us by our

the amazing talents featured in

tattoo references.

wonderful readers.

this issue? This is your page!


I N T E RV I E W

ZECHARIAH LEE We chat with Zechariah Lee, 20 year-old New York based photographer and co-founder of Nubko, an online community that connects creatives.

Featured Models Marla Garay, Yuliia Kurochka, Ali Simes, Jasmina Dzurlic, Rachael Lange, Angela Mariano, Dylan Jordan, Mellisa Goodwin, Paige MacDonald


Shoot everyday and try new things. I think people are afraid of failing, which makes sense and I’m totally afraid of it too


Tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got into photography?

My name is Zechariah Lee. I’m a 20 year-old college student currently living in New York. Right now, I’m studying economics and a few months ago, I launched my company, Nubko, with a couple of my friends. I started photography close to a year ago. I started in March of 2016 but didn’t really start taking it seriously until about May. I’ve always been fascinated with photography and I remember I got a camera for my birthday in my junior year at high school but never shot with it because I was too lazy to learn how to actually use the camera. My camera would just sit there and collect dust then my friend invited me to come out with him to shoot the stars on a super clear night. We went out and he taught me about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture and it was game over after that. I worked a part time job over the summer and I had a lot of time to myself so I decided to use that time to meet new people and shoot and focus on photography.

Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?

My main sources of inspiration have changed a lot over time. I get inspired by my friends that go on crazy adventures to the PNW, Europe, and Southeast Asia but I also get inspired by magazines like Vogue and Nylon. Specific people that inspire me on the daily are @zacharyleung, @elliottsdunning, @ryyster, @johnsonluii, @samuelelkins, and @lavacava. Honestly though, I get inspiration from a ton of people but those are ones I constantly look up to. What would be the best piece of advice that you could give a new photographer?

Shoot everyday and try new things. I think people are afraid of failing, which makes sense and I’m totally afraid of it too, but when you’re trying to find your style, you should be failing every day.You should be trying things that make you uncomfortable. Try new things. Fail. Learn. Do it again. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with a different style of photography.

“ I worked a part time job over the summer and I had a lot of time to myself so I decided to use that time to meet new people and shoot and focus on photography.”


What has been your favourite photography project to work on so far?

is so strong and we just want to make that easier and more fun for everyone.

I think my favourite photography project so far has been with my friend Yuliia in Bushwick.

How did you come up with the idea?

You mentioned earlier that you are a co-founder of nubko.com, could you tell us a bit more about it?

“ We wanted to create a centralized place online where the community could come together to connect and collaborate.”

Yeah! So as creatives, I think we’ve all gone through the frustration of trying to find people to work with. Photographers are always looking for new models to shoot and models are always looking for new photographers. We wanted to create a centralized place online where the community could come together to connect and collaborate. Collaboration is at the core of the arts. The painter works with the subject. The producer works with the musician. The filmmaker works with the actor. The photographer works with the landscape or model. There is some sort of collaboration in all forms of art and we realize that the connection between artists

Bryce, Quinn, and I are all people that are extremely involved and fascinated by the artistic community. Bryce is a film major and I’m a photographer so we bonded over this frustration of not finding people to work with so instead of waiting for someone to find a solution, we decided to create one and that ended up becoming Nubko. What are you currently working on, is there anything we should be looking out for?

I’m starting to get in the studio a lot more and I’m very excited about that. It’s gonna be tough and I’m not the greatest at it but I’m super stoked on having this opportunity to try a new thing. Also, I’m always working on Nubko and we have some very cool new initiatives coming out so look out for that.


V I S UA L I D E N T I T Y D E S I G N

A WONDROUS CLIMB “Ascend the Saint John’s Cathedral into the time of Hieronymus Bosch”

Studio Stephan Lerou Designer


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n 2016, the public had an incredible and rare opportunity to admire 96 stone carved sculptures on high altitude flying buttresses – all of which are barely visible from the ground. From a view this close, the beauty of these statuettes is breath-taking, and their similarity to Bosch’s work is striking. Studio Stephan Lerou had the honour and privilege to work on this special project commissioned by The National Monuments Foundation at Saint John’s Cathedral. The Studio was responsible for the name and the visual identity concept of the project. All design work in cooperation with Nearest Neighbour. Among other things posters, catalogue, scaffolding banners, leaflets and postcards. With over 125,000 visitors the project was a huge success. It received attention in both national and international media.

Studio Profile Studio Stephan Lerou is an independent graphic design studio working in the commercial and cultural field. Creating communication concepts, art direction and visual identities for a broad range of clients and initiatives. The studio’s work is based on a conceptual design approach and strongly oriented on print media, typography and human interaction. Clean, minimalistic design with a balance of playful and serious. Remove noise to add value! The studio’s work is included in international publications and exhibitions. Currently the studio is working on the design of de visual identity of Ellie Cashman Design. In cooperation with Nearest Neighbour and Have A Nice Day Online. www.stephanlerou.nl Photography:Thomas van Oorschot


Insight. Strategy. Ideas.

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Is innovation dead or are we just asleep? Writer / Connor Sherwood

It seems that not a day passes where I don’t hear someone commenting on how all our smartphones are just slightly shinier copies of one another or how company A is ripping off company B and so on.

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t got me thinking recently, have we hit the peak of our generation’s innovation with an abrupt halt or are we just climbing the next hill with a future that could give back to the future a run for its money on the horizon? After all, we all wear Nike Air Max providing that you’re happy to live in a shoe, seeing as they are selling for nigh on a mortgage deposit. In all seriousness though, we have in the last few years seen a significant decline in breathtaking new technology on the consumer front. All phones are coming in with minor and expectable upgrades year on year, consoles just catch up with 3 year old PC’s,VR is still too niche to be widely appreciated and the smartwatch boat sailed before it even properly docked. With this being said, when we take a glance outside the comfort of our gadget filled bubbles and look at technology on a wider scale, then we noticed the bigger things happening around us. I read an article not long ago about a cranial device that was aimed at users with severe physical disabilities allowing them to move a camera/screen faced robot (reminiscent of Sheldon coopers device for avoiding getting a cold – holla big bang theory fans) that could be moved using the users

brainwaves and gave them the ability to explore and interact on an incredible level, opening up a plethora of possibilities for them despite their holdbacks. This is just the tip of the iceberg, every day I stumble across something new and incredible that someone somewhere is developing that can actually shape and change our future beyond ‘the thinnest laptop ever* (*for the next five minutes)’. The trouble is, without being that preachy person, we are so caught up in the latest and greatest of our favorite brands and companies, that we don’t venture our research or conversations far enough to actually find out what is going on out there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sat here on my MacBook, typing and listening to Spotify on the latest iPhone. I’m the dictionary definition of a gadget reliant millennial that’s never off the grind, but that’s exactly why I take the time to expand my knowledge. So next time Apple’s keynote comes up short in your estimations, be at peace knowing that there are people out there shaping us a better future. Chances are it’s not those same people lining their wallets by adding a new number onto the name of a 3 year old device.


P H OTO S E R I E S

STRANGE FRUIT Inspired by Kanye West Lyrics, Strange Fruit is a photoseries with the goal of bringing awareness to the repetition of history in the recent violence against black communities. Featuring: Katie Campbell and Missy Galvin

Alfie Friday Photographer


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BRAND DESIGN

BELONG A house is the most precious thing you will ever buy. Being part of that should feel special...

Jamie Quarmby Creative Designer - Planet Media


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y Daddy was a Bankrobber sang The Clash. He probably wasn’t. He was probably an estate agent, but the shame of telling people that was too much. They might well have said that he was a traffic warden. The tax man, even. Does anyone choose to go into a profession where they’ll be actively disliked? Of course not. But it wasn’t always like this. Not in the early days. Cutting my teeth as a young estate agent around the leafy Holme Valley, I grew to know the characters and the legends belonging to the villages in which I’d find my clients their happy forever homes. There was a palpable sense of belonging to a community. And me, as the local estate agent, added to that. In those days, we helped people.

We welcomed people into our office, and - in return we were welcomed into their home. It was close knit. It was personal. It made a difference to both buyer and vendor. And then, nationally, the industry began to change. Slowly, at first. Almost unnoticeable. A steady creep that saw estate agents became more and more disconnected from the communities they served. The cars changed. The suits changed. Even the offices changed. The more we looked like fast food joints - all primary colours and fluorescent tubes -the more we treated our clients like fast food customers. In and out. A quick turnover. Quantity over quality.Volume, not relationships.


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house is the most precious thing you will ever buy. Being part of that should feel special - you have been given a rare front-row seat to this most intensely personal process. A privilege. But the new landscape - cutting back on personal service to offer lower fees; fighting internet-only agents by covering a wider and wide locale - means this is now gone. The entire estate agency industry felt a million miles away from those early days. The

days when we personal and caring. The days when we belonged in a community. At what was deemed to be the height of my career, I chose to walk away. Because I realised I wanted that back. Rather, I wanted to be back involved in that which I believed in - helping people sell and find their homes. Allowing my clients to move quickly, effortlessly and happily. Offering something personal. Something real. To belong again.


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WINTER IN SIBERIA We get the opportunity to gaze upon some of the beautiful sights Siberia has to offer in the winter, through the lens of Russian photographer, Max Karpovich.

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inter. In Siberia, it lasts more than six months. It has become part of our lives. Winter at its fine that is why I want to transfer all of its colours, feelings, moods. From the frozen ice of the world deathly despair concrete bridges, to the warm spring sun touches animating, who gives joy of life and self-confidence. The bridge across the Ob River connects the two halves of my town into a whole - this is one of the symbols of Novosibirsk. Perhaps that is why he becomes the subject of my work. Large, old, vital city. At the same time, quite the opposite - nature. Nature Novosibirsk and suburbs. One of the favorite places is the Krasny Yar - tridtsatimetrovy steep bank hanging over the Ob. The beauty of nature fascinates, attracts over and over again, because to get to this place it is necessary to take a very nice walk many kilometers through the pine forest. It's a different world filled with peace and birdsong, where you rest the soul from the bustle and noise of the city. I was born and grew up in the Urals, but 10 years ago I moved to Novosibirsk to live and work. I am fond of paleontology, travel, I compose indie music. A picture - another way to express myself, to capture fond memories. Photography has never been my main occupation, but I can not live without it. This is my addiction. If I go to the excavation of fossils, or traveling or just walking around the city - the camera always with me, because there is definitely a frame worthy of attention.


Capture Life, Not A Picture: The Resurgence In Candid Photography Writer / Ben Wainman

Candid photography is growing more and more popular. It is not hard to see why candid photography is making such a prominent comeback, the natural behaviour in a natural setting creates a timeless photograph.

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he fact that you are capturing subjects when they are unaware helps the picture to build a snapshot of life, not a forced scene with a fixed image in mind. The rise of social media and photo sharing platforms has widened the hobby to new audiences which has led to an increase in candid photography. As candid photography requires little preparation, it is perfect for amateurs to try as well as experienced and professional photographers to perfect. While social media has given photography an increase in popularity, coupled with the growing camera technology available on smartphone, it has led confusion as to what is branded as candid. Candid and street photography are two photographic genres that are increasing in popularity as a way of capturing real-life rather than a prepared scene and commonly confused and misrepresented on social media. Street photography focuses on the public spaces more than the

unaware subject that candid gets success from. Candid wedding photography is another field that is growing as it helps images to retain their freshness and spontaneity, rather than a fixed portrait that can become a tired, generic and ultimately boring. If you want to try out candid photography for yourself, here are five top tips: • Take your camera everywhere, so you feel more comfortable • Don’t use flash, instead raise your ISO for low light conditions and remaining unseen • Be patient to capture the best moment or facial expression • Shoot in burst mode to increase your chances of the perfect shot • Blend in so that the crowd isn’t aware of you and will act naturally.


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D I G I TA L A R T

A S E PA R AT E REALITY Alex Andreyev shares his passion for digital art, and we take a look at his wondrous “Separate Reality” series. “It sounds paradoxical, but digital art attracts me because it is free of technological influence.While in traditional arts, technologies dramatically limit the artist – his ability to stylise works in graphics or extremely time consuming process of paint drying, in digital painting I sit in front of a screen, grab the stylus and see the result immediately.”

Alex Andreyev Artist


“... the nagual Elias went to his dreaming journeys the way a wild animal prowls for food... visited, let’s say, the junkyard of innity... and copied whatever he saw, but never knew what those things were used for, or their source”. These, Carlos Castaneda’s words from his ‘Power Of Silence’, are the closest description of my perception of the creation process. Never did I – and never will – take the creation as a product of man’s intellect. Instead I take it as activity aiming to x certain states of comprehension I experienced in my childhood, in my dreams, etc. David Linch would deem this as the journey of the intuition. I never discuss how this mechanism works – I am inclined neither to mysticism nor to intellectual speculations. However, the human brain is the most complex thing ever created in the Universe, and our conscious awareness is only a thin lm in the ocean of unconsciousness. Everything is possible in this ocean. I work and I get back to those states of comprehension, to my childhood memories, to my dreams. I experience them again and again. This is my only motivation to do what I do. It sounds paradoxical but digital art attracts

me because it is free of technological influence. While in traditional arts, technologies dramatically limit the artist – his ability to stylise works in graphics or extremely time consuming process of paint drying, in digital painting I sit in front of a screen, grab the stylus and see the result immediately. Another advantage I find in digital arts is the absence of such sensitivity, which many define as “original”. The pixels can only be shown as the artist wanted them to be shown, the parameters of each pixel are identical on any screen. Why

do I find it great? Because traditional visual art have long ago lost it’s purity. It is overfetished, so to speak. Canvas and stretcher now mean a lot more then real art and its beauty. This created the overwhelming wish to possess the originals and readiness to pay huge amounts of money. Contrary, my high definition works are not at all expensive. Thanks to moderate pricing in the form of prints they open so many doors. Thanks to their digital origin people are not distracted with things not connected to art...


Managing Expectations Writer / Shari Miller

Are you a design professional? Even if you’re not, you probably know a little bit about, or have had experience with, managing client expectations. Everyone manages expectations on a daily basis whether we realize it or not, and one of my favourite axioms is that a resentment is really nothing more than an unmet expectation. Wise, right?

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’ve had a few interesting conversations lately both with design professionals and potential clients. The chat with the pro (an interior designer) went something like this: “I want to be more clear about the design services I offer. Clients hire me and they think they’re going to get a whole house designed when the package I offer is really per room. Then they’re angry when I don’t deliver.” Unmet expectations! What is the solution to this? Communication is really the key, although I will be the absolutely first to tell you that people hear and see what they want to see. You could have a flashing neon sign that outlines exactly what a client will be getting, and they still have a vision in their head that they can’t let go. If you’re an interior designer, or really any type of designer, you most likely offer a contract or scope of work. This is important, because you always want something to refer back to when that unpleasant conversation comes up: “Well,

I thought you were going to do this, this and that too.” So keep something written, or have clear, written terms on your site of what you will deliver. You can’t force people to comprehend this, but at least you have something solid to base that discussion on should it arise. The other thing I’ve noticed about potential clients in all areas of design is they truly have no idea what something should cost. Like, none! And trust me, I’m the same. Like when it comes to cars. I know a Maserati is expensive, and I know it looks good, but under the hood I straight up could not tell the difference between a Maserati and a Ford. They function the same, they get you from place to place, but really, what is the difference? Apparently, I’m right, and it’s mostly under the hood, the unseen stuff. So a client sees a room by celeb interior designer Kelly Wearstler, and it looks amazing, but overall, it’s really just a room with some stuff in

it right? So why can’t you (insert your name here, designers), deliver the same room? I’m sure most designers have been in this position no matter what your speciality. I also recently had a great conversation with a potential client (I’m a graphic and web designer by trade). She had sent me a message with a list of her requests. She referenced some very high-end, expensive blogs and websites. She was super clear with exactly what she liked about those sites. Now, at first glance, a lot of websites look the same (like the new Fords look a lot like Jags at first glance). And trying to match a general look and feel is fine (eg. if a client says they like the chic boho feel of the Anthropologie website, it tells me what type of graphics to incorporate). Overall look and feel is important and totally attainable (eg. “I want a clean blog, splashes of pink, sans serif font”). But the extensive customization, not always visible at first glance, is not always within my scope of work. That’s


where managing expectations comes in. The really cool thing about this exchange was I gently pointed out to this client that with all of the features she was wanting, she was probably looking at about a $20k site (oh yeah, and that’s on the cheaper side). And you know what was amazing? She came back to me and said that she had been reaching out to other designers, and that was exactly in the neighbourhood of quotes she was getting. She was so nice and she completely understood. Instead of being horrified at the cost, she had done the research and realized that though sites may look really similar, when you start getting into a lot of customization, the price tag goes way up, way fast. And that was fantastic. I gave her a few tips of things she could implement on her own, clearly she did not hire me because I explained I wouldn’t be able to provide what she wanted and I did not want her to be angry or disappointed with the end result, but it was an enlightening exchange. I just really appreciated her being so understanding and able to “see what she couldn’t see” if that makes any sense. By being open-minded and willing to do the research, she will make a good client for someone, just not my company.

I know if you’re any kind of creative design specialist you encounter the same issues, because sometimes the product you’re delivering is not necessarily cut and dried (like if you’re an office supply company, you’re delivering 100 printers, and that’s that). But design is subjective so it’s harder to create a scope of work. But if you’re a potential client for any type of design service, shop around. If you see a site you love, see if you can find out who designed it (most designers add a link in the site footer). Get a quote from them. If you go visit a friend and their house looks amazing, find out who did it, and call her. Then call celeb designer Kelly Wearstler!. The more research you do, the more understanding you will have of what something should cost. At my company, I keep our prices well within reason. I want to give clients a great-looking website at price they can afford if they’re just a part-time blogger or small business owner. But because of this, I want clients to understand that they won’t be getting a $10k or $20k website. The greatest gift for a design professional is a reasonable, well-informed client who has done her research. A good client makes a good designer which makes a great end product!

“The greatest gift for a design professional is a reasonable, wellinformed client who has done her research. A good client makes a good designer which makes a great end product!”


P H OTO S E R I E S : I N DY K I DZ

“I am currently working on a series called "INDYKIDZ" where the pictures are my interpretation of teenagers and young adults' behaviours and habits in the 21st century.� Featuring: Madi Clark

Mariana Souza Photographer


Crowdsourcing and the designer: Is it worth it? Writer / Evangeline South

Crowdsourcing is a very big thing nowadays. Whether you're crowdsourcing funds on Kickstarter or you're farming out creative work - it's everywhere. In some cases this can be a very good thing. In 2014 the cult TV show Veronica Mars got the big screen treatment and this was all down to crowdsourced funds from fans of the original show. But when it comes to design, many believe that crowdsourcing is doing more harm than good, with many agencies and designers finding it hard to compete with the rock bottom prices and volume of options these crowdsourcing sites can offer. The sad fact being that quality is pushed aside in favour of quantity and value for money. More often than not, crowdsourcing design is presented to the designer as a competition. A group of around 30 designers will produce designs based on a brief from a business or individual, where the prize is essentially to get paid for their work. From a business point of view, if you can get 30+ people to design

your logo for you, then you pick the best one and get it for a fraction of what you'd pay an agency, or even a freelancer in some cases, then it's a serious win. But what about those other designers? And even the profession as a whole? Surely by participating in crowdsourcing of design, you're devaluing yourself and your services as a designer? Assuming you're not the one who wins the work, as with Highlander "there can be only one", you've potentially wasted hours of your time for free. And for those lucky few who do achieve victory, is the prize really worth it? Sure, if you look at 99designs as an example, their lowest competition prize is $299 - but when your chances of winning are only 3.33% why waste your time?


F E AT U R E D P H OTO G R A P H E R

CHRIS DEVOUR We hear from 25 year old Oradea-based photographer, Chris Devour who tells us about his passions and inspirations. All photography featured is from Chris’s “Indoor Stories” series, featuring Alice Peneaca with make-up by Ana Medinschi.

Featured Model Alice Peneaca


“While my studies focus mainly on political science diplomacy & security, Marxism and anarcho-communism, my passion for photography comes from my childhood. “

I am 25 years old, currently based in Oradea, but travelling a lot to Bucharest. I was born in Oradea, and lived there for about 13 years, then moved to Budapest for 4 years, and afterwards to Bucharest for 2 years for my MA studies. I have always been fascinated with art related stuff, collecting things I found interesting, drawing, photography, history and cultural studies. I played drums for 3 years in a punk-rock band when I was younger and living in Budapest, so

music is really important to me. One of my favorite projects in 2016 was going on tour around Europe, with Golan (band) opening for Parov Stelar. I had to document their tour. It was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to work with great people from models to artists, friends and people I love. Everyone I’ve worked with was and is a great inspiration for my photos. While my studies focus mainly on political science diplomacy & security, Marxism and


anarcho-communism, my passion for photography comes from my childhood. As I mentioned before, I was always fascinated with collecting photos or illustrations of the things I liked from cartoons, books, magazines. Making collages was part of this process. Growing up I loved to draw, so combining photography with drawing and collages somehow ended up into what I love doing today. One of the main concepts reappearing in my work was the covering of the face/identity/self. A mixture of futuristic virtual reality where we will hardly know our actual features, instead we will only settle for the virtual ones, thus covering

our true identity, while this is already beginning to take shape, it is quite haunting if we think about it, but like everything it does have beauty and it can inspire. What if this becomes norm in the future. I like ordered chaos, so I usually take something and try to make it simple, I believe it comes naturally, but inspiration is always present so I admit that I was influenced by many foreign artists. However, I’m constantly trying to apply my own style to the photo. My favorite place to shoot would be a minimal white room with little or no furniture, wooden floors and big windows.


TA L B OT I C S

TALBOTICS While working on a master's degree in Santa Barbara, California, Tal Avitzur worked for sculptor George Rickey, ceramicist Beatrice Wood and painter Irma Cavat. The passion they showed for what they did inspired him and set him on his creative path. With a workshop full of vintage tools and retro scientific equipment collected over many years, he began building sci-fi themed sculptures. Tal is heavily influenced by the comics, science fiction books and movies that he's always enjoyed, as well as still looking at things with the same wonder and amazement that he had when he was a child.

During a remodel of a fixer I had purchased I tried to use as many recycled materials as possible, so I frequently visited scrap metal and salvage yards to gather objects for different building projects. I kept finding all kinds of cool objects that I didn’t need for the remodel but I thought they needed to be rescued from the yards. Before I knew it, my gardening shed became full of all kinds of weird stuff that would make good props

on a set for a Dr. Frankenstein movie. Items collected include vintage tools, kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, electric fans and scientific equipment. Based on the designs of some of these objects (circa 1940s through 1970s) it seems as if many of their creators had secret desires to be building rocket ships and robots.The original use of a vast majority of the spare parts in my inventory is a mystery to me, because the scrap yards don’t have

tags identifying each object. After I bring parts to the studio, they are cleaned, disassembled (if necessary), sometimes polished, then sorted. Each piece begins with finding the personality in an object, then test-fitting combinations together, and cutting, drilling and grinding until reaching a natural-looking fit. I find it enjoyable figuring out how to put things together that were never meant to be connected.”


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“You have to be the marketer, the accountant, and just about anything that is involved in day-to-day business maintenance.”

Setting Up Process A Freelancer To Make Y Business Run

Writer / Kiki McMurrick

When you first become a freelancer you don’t think about all of the responsibilities that you now have to take on. You have to be the marketer, the accountant, and just about anything that is involved in day-today business maintenance. It can get very overwhelming and time consuming. That’s when you need to set up processes for your business so you can spend less time at a screen and more time with your family or out travelling the world. Now, some of you may wonder what I am talking about when I say “processes.” I simply mean automating the tedious, and time consuming tasks that come with being your own boss. This could include e-mailing, posting to

social media, blogging, to even how you process your clients. Having things already set up and ready to go makes things a lot easier and less time consuming. Some examples of things you can do include… 1. Create e-mail templates

Some people over-look this and often don’t think about it. Creating e-mail templates can save you a lot of time. It’ll take a little time to make them but in the long run it’ll make things run a little smoother. So, instead of typing out all of your client’s e-mails individually, you can just copy & paste into a template that is simple and to the point. That way you don’t have to worry about missing anything and ensure you’re sending a consistent message to all clients.


ses As Your Smoother 2. Invest in a social media scheduling program

Social media can be one of the largest pains a business owner can run into. In this day and age, if you aren’t on social media, people most likely have no idea who you are. It’s a really good idea to get involved in social media and to stay up on your posting. It can be hard when you’re working so hard during the day on other things for your business you can forget about posting your next tweet or post on Facebook. It may be a good idea to look into a social media management platform that can help you schedule your posts and stay on top of your brand. Some examples of this would be Hootsuite and Buffer. 3. Creating a solid marketing plan, and following through with it.

Most freelancers don’t think about this step. Making a marketing plan is crucial to a business’ success. It helps guide you and your business along it’s journey, so you aren’t stuck saying, “well, what’s next?” Scrambling to figure out your marketing is so time consuming. You wouldn’t have time for anything else. Marketing plans depend on the company and their target market. I’d recommend reading about marketing plans and see what the other people in your industry are doing. Once you have your marketing plan it’s all about following through with what you have planned. This can be the hardest thing because you almost have to create a schedule or a system. I found what helps the most is

downloading a to-do list that you can set reminders on your phone as well as what time each task needs to be done by. The one I use on my Android is called SplenDO. It’s free, so check it out! This can be extremely helpful when scheduling your social media posts, if you decide to skip the social media management platforms. It can also keep you on top of your promotions and making sure to promote yourself on a regular basis. 4. Creating a process that can work with all of your clients.

Some freelancers like to dive into projects without looking at the details, which, in the long run, could cause bumps in the road along the way. You’re struggling with getting your projects off the ground, you’re struggling getting your payments on time, or your projects just end up being a complete mess. It’s a good idea to outline the process that you need to put all of your clients through to make the project run smoothly. Some of these items including talking with them, getting information from them, getting payment from them, signing a contract, etc. By outlining it, you can then create PDF documents or templates of the questionnaires your clients need to answer, or the contract you’re going to have them sign. So then every time you get a new client, all you have to do is gather the documents, and send them their way for completion. It makes things a lot more smooth and lets the clients know from the jump what to expect while working with you. This can also help weed out the clients who are not quite ready to commit. If someone complains that your process is too

complicated, then they aren’t serious about the project. Anyone who is serious about having you work on their project will do what it takes to make sure things are smooth for you as well as themselves, even if it takes a little work on their end. These are only some examples of things that you can do to make your company run smoothly. Now, some freelancers have other tasks that they have to do that some don’t. It’s all about finding a solution that will help automate the whole process so you don’t have to worry about it. Even if that means investing a little money. I’ve always heard spending money to save time is always worth it, and I’d have to agree. Stop spending all of your days at a screen, it’s time to go see the world, and its time to automate your business.


H3 House Writer & 3D Artist / Gergely Gulyas

Recently, I saw some images of a new weekend house designed by Luciano Kruk www.lucianokruk.com/en/casah3/ and I thought it looked really cool. I'm a big fan of concrete structures and clean lines, also I wanted to experiment with some tree modelling, so it was a perfect hobby project to do in my spare time.

I

wanted to make the house a bit more inviting, to warm it up a bit. That's why I decided to make the surroundings look cold, wet and foggy. Also I redesigned the interior quiet a bit, I used more wood and warmer colours. Apart the SUV I modelled and textured everything myself, I don't like to use premade assets. This helps to add more originality to your work. Making the surroundings wasn't easy. Every fallen pine needle, pebble and grassblade on the ground is actual geometry.

The trees also have individual pine needles. Because of that rendering the images was quite a chore. A lot of detail is hidden in the final images, that's why I plan on doing interior renderings with some closeups of the project sometime in the near future. For production I used 3ds Max, Corona Renderer, Substance Designer, SpeedTree, and Photoshop. I don't know what else one might be interested in about the project, I have a lot of technical stuff I could talk about but it can get a bit boring...


I L LU ST R AT I O N

R E F R A C TA R I O We take a look at the remarkable “Refractario” series by Coral Medrano. Born in Mexico City, 1985, the editorial designer and illustrator graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (UNAM). She works for independent music and design magazines, such as La Peste, Picnic, Indie Rocks!, amongst others. Her inspiration comes from observing nature and browsing the internet.

Coral Medrano Illustrator


Refractario | Atico


Refractario | Jardin


Refractario | Ventana


Refractario | Litoral


Refractario | Sotano


Refractario | Alcoba


Refractario | Cuaderno


Refractario | Sin Titulo


P H OTOJ O U R N A L : T H E P I LG R I M AG E TO T H E B AS I L I C A O F O U R L A DY O F G UA DA LU P E , M E X I CO C I T Y

Geraint Rowland Photographer


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illions of Mexicans make the pilgrimage each year on or before December 12th. The Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe is a Roman Catholic church in the North of Mexico City. Pilgrimages have been made to this shrine almost uninterrupted for hundreds of years, and today it is the most visited catholic shrine in the World. Many pilgrims crawl on their knees as they make their final approach, and devotees believe that the Virgin of Guadalupe can cure almost any sickness. The 12th of December has a carnival atmosphere with thousands of people filling the square in front of the church. Indigenous people dance and play music from sunrise until sunset. Many pilgrims carry large framed pictures of the Lady of Guadalupe on their backs or hoist depictions of her above their heads. Others wear cloaks or robes with the Lady painted or printed onto the back. The pilgrimage is very much a family affair, the Mexicans often referring to the Lady of Guadalupe as Mamรก or Mother. Entire families make the pilgrimage with many sleeping around the site in make shift tents. I visited the site on several different days leading up to and including the 12th to document the pilgrimage.


D I G I TA L A R T

MORBID AT T R A C T I O N A series of artworks inspired by tattoo references.

Billelis Artist


This is the section where take a minute to show some appreciation for our awesome submitters. If you have a submission for the next issue just fire it over to hello@dezinemagazine.com with a bit of info. Thanks to all who submitted for this issue!

Selected Projects

BULLET PROOF SOUL “I started a small clothing company called im❤clothing. I design clothes and model.The photos I've sent are from my first fashion show called "Bullet proof soul". I m also a tattoo model and speak several languages: English, Italian, Macedonian and Serbo- Croatian.” -Iva Karlavaris

I m very communicative and open minded. I just started my third collection called " The Indian soul/ f lower power".


BUCKLEY’S REST A series of shots taken by Abhijeet Verma.

JAMYE O’DANIEL The left photo was taken with a DSLR as a part of Jam self portrait series, “searching”.The right photo is the same photo, instead it was taken with a 35mm film camera.


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Alex Andreyev Website: www.alexandreev.com Behance: www.behance.net/alexandreev Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-AndreyevHermetic-Art/139493992748285 Twitter: @alexandreev

Tal Avitzur (Talbotics) Website: www.talbotics.com Instagram: @talbotics Tal is a sculptor from California, he is heavily influenced by the comics, science fiction books and movies that he's always enjoyed.

Alex Andreyev lives in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. He's been drawing, painting and doing graphic design over last 20 years.

Bilellis Website: www.billelis.com Instagram: @billelis Twitter: @billelis Behance: www.behance.net/billelis

Katie Campbell Tumblr: ktcampballs.tumblr.com/ Instagram: @katie.camp Model featured in Alfie Friday’s “Strange Fruit”.

Billelis, full name Billy Bogiatzoglou, is a Digital Artist, Illustrator and Art Director currently residing in the UK. This issue features his project: “Morbid Attraction”.

Madi Clark Instagram: @cadimlark Model featured in Mariana Souza’s “INDYKIDZ”.

Chris Devour Behance: www.behance.net/chris-devour Facebook: www.facebook.com/ckdevour Cargo: cargocollective.com/chrisdevour Tumblr: chris-devour.tumblr.com/ Instagram: @chrisdevour Chris is a photographer based in Bucharest, Romania.

Jasmina Dzurlic Instagram: @jasmina_nyc

Alfie Friday Instagram: @alfiefriday VCSO: vsco.co/alfiefriday/journal/p/1

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee. Alfie is a photographer based in Chicago, IL. This issue features his project: “Strange Fruit”

Missy Galvin

Marla Garay

Instagram: @miss_yoga

Instagram: @marlagaray

Model featured in Alfie Friday’s “Strange Fruit”.

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee.

Mellisa Goodwin

Gergely Gulyas

Instagram: @mellisa.goodwin

Website: www.behance.net/gulyas

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee.

Gergely is a 3D artist from Budapest, Hungary who specialises in architectural visualisations.


Dylan Jordan Instagram: @dylanjordan Twitter: @dylanjordan

Max Karpovich Website: www.behance.net/mconerv Instagram: @mconerv Twitter: @mconerv

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee. Max is a photographer based in Russia. This issue features his project: “Winter in Siberia”.

Yuliia Kurochka

Rachael Lange

Instagram: @yuliia_kurochka

Instagram: @rachaellange

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee.

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee.

Zechariah Lee Website: www.zechlee.com / nubko.com Instagram: @zech.lee Twitter: @ZechariahLee Zechariah Lee is a 20 year-old New York based photographer and cofounder of Nubko, an online community that connects creatives.

Paige MacDonald

Studio Stephan Lerou Website: www.stephanlerou.nl Behance: www.behance.net/stephanlerou Instagram: @studiostephanlerou Twitter: @StephanLerou Studio Stephan Lerou is a small design agency in the Netherlands. The studio’s work is based on a conceptual design approach and is strongly oriented on print media, typography and human interaction. The result is bright, minimalist design with a balance between playful and serious.

Angela Mariano

Instagram: @paigeejenna

Instagram: @angemariano

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee.

Model featured on the front cover of this issue and in our interview with Zechariah Lee.

Kiki McMurrick Website: www.kikimdesigns.com Instagram: @kikimdesigns Twitter: @kikimdesigns Kiki is a college student and writer for DEZINE who’s just studying graphic design, taking on photography, and pursuing her dreams. She started freelancing because she loves being able to help people put their creative minds to work by helping them create beautiful art.

Shari Miller (Little Blue Deer) Website: www.littlebluedeerdesign.com Instagram: @littlebluedeer Twitter: @littlebluedeer Tumblr: littlebluedeer.tumblr.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlebluedeer

Coral Medrano Behance: www.behance.net/coralmedrano Instagram: @coral.medrano Mexico City (1985). Editorial designer and illustrator graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (UNAM). She works for independent music and design magazines, such as La Peste, Picnic, Indie Rocks!, amongst others. Her inspiration comes from observing nature and browsing the internet.

Alice Peneaca Website: www.womenmanagement.fr/portfolio/2771/alicepeneaca Instagram: @alicepeneaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/alicepeneacapaunescu Model featured in Chris Devour’s “Indoor Stories” project.

Little Blue Deer, LLC offers an array of graphic design services including website design, blog design and custom artwork. Their principal and chief designer, Shari Miller, is a regular contributor and writer for DEZINE.

Geraint Rowland Facebook: @geraintrowlandphotography Instagram: @geraint_rowland_photography Photographer and regular DEZINE Contributor, Geraint travels the world and shares his photojournals with us and our readers.

Ali Simes Instagram: @alisimes

Connor Sherwood Instagram: @c.j_sherwood Connor is a 21 year old Graphic Designer, Web Designer and writer for DEZINE.

Mariana Souza Website: www.notfakemaris.com Instagram: @notfakemaris

Model featured in our interview with Zechariah Lee. “Chaotic Brazilian mind wandering around the world”. Born in São Paulo, Brazil and based in Nashville, TN. Mariana a self-taught photographer currently studying graphic design at the University of Tennessee.


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Welcome to the second issue of DEZINE, an online magazine dedicated to the creative. Featuring creatives in the fields of art, design and ph...

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Welcome to the second issue of DEZINE, an online magazine dedicated to the creative. Featuring creatives in the fields of art, design and ph...

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