An Interview with Maka

Today we have another interview of a designer name Maka. Maka is a self-taught graphic designer. She is designing since 2009 and  now she is really good in her work.
Read more about her below, you will surely enjoy her interview.

Contact Details:

Name: Maka
Email: maka.nadashvili@gmail.com
Website: http://www.makadesigns.me
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maka.nadashvili
Twitter: http://twitter.com/maka__
Location: Germany / Georgia

What do you think about yourself?

Well… to make a long story short, I love creating things. Before design, I was writing and to be honest, I could never imagine myself being called a ”graphic designer” because it’s been just about 2 years since I started designing.

My profession field is totally different than designing, I am a translator and I studied film-directing for two years.
So… I am a self-taught graphic designer, and I am proud of it :)
I think , if you are really interested in something, you will definitely find the way to achieve more each day and be happy with your work.

I love life with all its complications, I love my husband, movies, music and people around me . All this inspires me every day.

I hate fish, mushrooms and selfish people. :))

Whats your achievements in your design field?

I think the greatest achievement for me so far is that I made my way to graphic design in a short time. Not only I earn from it but I am totally passionate with it and I m expecting and hoping for more…

I m blessed to have so many amazing testimonials on my site, from my clients. It makes me feel great :)
This interview is my achievement also and I am very thankful!

About your Experience with design:

I’ ve been designing since 2009 after coming across with 99designs. I knew nothing at all about Photoshop or illustrator but I felt like ”I can do this”. And i had some versions already in my head, for the projects after reading the briefs of the contests. But I did not know how to do them :))

So I followed some online tutorials and time after time I figured out my own style.
I started with logos, but then I felt that I was more into (and for) Print & package design.

All I can say is that, the more experience you have , the more skills you gain and become a better designer .

Do you have a particular process you go through for each design?

First of all, I have to feel happy to start designing. I can not do anything when I feel stressed or down.
Then I read the client’s brief carefully and ask as many questions as I have. I love the projects when you don’t have to stick to the rules or styles and you are free to be creative :)
and also …Music+designing = much more creative final design :)

How would you describe your style?

My husband describes it as ”maka style” :))))
I don’t know… I try to be simple and different, but it depends on the client’s wish.

How did you get your first job in design and what exactly was it?

99designs, as I mentioned above was my 1st job in designing. :)
In private, my first project was a CD cover and a booklet design for musical high school in Germany (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten)

What plans do you have for the future?

I want to make my own little design studio one day :)

Your expert areas:

Print and packaging design, labels, stationary, business cards, banners etc.

Your tools of work:

PC- Adobe Photoshop , Illustrator.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration for graphic design?

Everything and everyone who makes me happy : my husband, my family, my dog Bella, life, friends, movies, music, shopping and nature.
My friends from 99designs, Dusan and Jurgen were my first ever inspirational designers, their designs and their winnings inspired and inspires me still :)

Jhen Jazz Billano, Adrian Nita, Aleksandar,Branko , cos66 . Abner, Ari Qinkqink and many more…they are all great!

What advice would you give to other designers?

To keep your own style and be original, to come up with something that no one has ever done before, to never give up and always be confident in what you do and respect other designers work – are great things to always remember.

Want to share anything else?

Thank you 92pixels :)

Work

Stationary Branding Mockup

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25 Comments

  1. Phearith
    June 25, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Hi Maka,

    I really appreciate for your all designed works. you give many good advices…

    • maka
      December 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you for checking and kind words ! :)

  2. Jurgen
    July 6, 2011 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Congratulation Maka. I know your work from long time already and from the beginning you make great design! I was absolutly sure that you will make a great and successful way in graphic design. Keep up your good work and all the best :)

    • Maka
      July 6, 2011 at 10:59 am - Reply

      thank you so much Jurgen ! your work has been my inspiration for a long time ! :) wish you the best luck !!!

  3. Steve Saley
    June 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    When is it due?
    Here’s the schedule. Follow it.

    There’s your in-box. Empty it.

    When something is imminent, speed up. When you’re off the deadline machine, take a breath and poke around a bit, explore, relax.

    Nonsense.

    The goal isn’t to do work and hand it in just before it’s due.

    The goal is to do the work as beautifully as you can, faster than anyone else, so you can do more work.

    If it takes a deadline to get you off your butt and to push past the resistance, then move the deadlines forward.

    You don’t work on an assembly line any more. You work in project world, and more projects mean more chances to screw up, to learn, to make a reputation and to have more impact.

    When it’s you against the boss, the goal is to do less work.

    When it’s you against the project, the goal is to do more work.

    ~ Today’s Seth Godin Blog http://sethgodin.typepad.com

    Maka – “Constructive criticism is not always flattering…”

    Also, my suggestion to Arslan for a starting point to find American designers to interview for 92 pixels…

    The American Institute of Graphic Artists
    http://www.aiga.org/Inspiration.aspx?taxid=300

  4. Steve Saley
    June 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Sorry if I ruffled your feathers Maka…but here in the states, one attribute of a successful designer is solving creative challenges when one is ‘under the gun’, instead of when one is ‘in the mood’…it might just be a cultural difference between our two environments, but I find I ‘overwork’ a particular design assignment if I have too much time to work on it.

    Keep up the fine work Maka…and don’t be so defensive, you’ve got a long road ahead of you };-)~

    • Maka
      June 29, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Steve, please dont boil the whole country in one pot. dont speak about my culture if you dont have any idea about it. Its a designers’ culture. We all design when we are ”under the gun” if we have to but it’s just NOT taking headshots that you can do any time, its DESIGNING! give me one of your designers to compete. i have 2 years XP ,i am self educated, but im sure i can beat them down even with the gun on my head or ruffled feather :P ;)

      p.s. i dont really have time to explain to you how the creativity works, any more. have some projects to work on, so by saying this , i mean that this is my last response here to you.
      take care, be positive …praise yourself without putting other designers down. Respect is a great thing. *read my advice to the designers , please :P

  5. Steve Saley
    June 28, 2011 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Hey Arslan !

    How do you pick your designers that you interview…?
    As gifted as Maka is, she sounds very naive, professionally…

    ( I have to feel happy to start designing. I cannot do anything when I feel stressed or down ) Try telling THAT to a client who is behind schedule on a new product launch ! Haha!

    When will you interview American designers…?

    There are many in the states that have FAR more experience, talent ( & awards ) than the ones you’ve featured.

    Simply go to AIGA.com to check out some amazing work being done here in the USA.

    Or just ask me ( shameless plug ) for my thoughts on this ever-changing environment that we call Marketing Design!

    ~ Steve Saley
    954.494.2276

    • Arslan
      June 28, 2011 at 3:07 am - Reply

      Sure, we will interview some USA designers.

    • Maka
      June 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Steve, i think you should try to be a lil positive while looking or reading stuff… its not just all about business and fake promotion of yourself. sometimes you should be honest and open , there are not just Clients around. people need some truth and i m sure 99% of the designers CANT be creative when they are stressed , but anyone can do some unprofessional design just because you have to.
      noone can be creative all the time! if you are a creative person you ll sure understand what i mean…

      thanks for reading my interview anyway, i wish you could have seen positive stuff though, not just picking negative sentences.
      P.S. if you want to advertise your website google adwords is great for that :P

      • Arslan
        June 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm - Reply

        What a great reply for Steve. You are right Maka.

  6. zam
    June 27, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    thousands congratulations nice work maka keep it up

  7. superDUPERJAMES
    June 27, 2011 at 6:27 am - Reply

    superDUPER congrats maka. Its ”maka style” ))) horaayy

  8. RotRed
    June 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    CONGRATS MAKA ! YOU ARE SO GREAT ! I wish you all the best dear <3

    • Maka
      June 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much ! you are great too ! :) Success and best luck to you ! :)

  9. Lothar
    June 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    And the Husband is very PROUD and very HAPPY !!! :-))) Thanx a lot to 92 Pixels

    • Maka
      June 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      Buska , i m proud of you too ! :*

  10. Azmat Ullah
    June 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Congratulation Maka. you are great. I love your designs. May you always successful in your life

    • Maka
      June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Azmat! i appreciate your support ! ! ! wish you lots of success also ! :)

  11. azanti
    June 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, MAKA!

    I am very happy to see that I’m one of the designers you prefer. :)
    I’ve always appreciated your work and I watched with great interest.
    Who knows! … maybe, someday, we will work together on some projects. :D
    Like you, I am very proud to be your friend.
    Congratulations again and many accomplishments.
    You deserve all the good in the world. ;)

    • Maka
      June 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much Adrian! I am happy to be among all of you, great designers and amazing people! Thanks a lot for your support!

  12. Maka
    June 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dusan ! you were the 1st one ever who noticed my 1st win ! :) i appreciate your support in everything ! :)

  13. Shewa
    June 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Maka! I knew that you will become that great when I saw you started working on 99! So happy for you and this interview! Just keep designing, more great stuff are headed your way! ;)

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