Beachroad meet designer and creative Rollan Hernandez Rodriguez and check out his eclectic design portfolio over a coffee or two.
Rollan Portrait by Mark Ganzon @burstparty
NAME? // Rollan Hernandez Rodriguez
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Junior Graphic Designer in B&C Design, a Manila based design studio.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Founder and Creative Director of Ape Creative
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE DESIGN SCENE IN THE UAE? // Thriving and evolving but needs a little sprinkle of authenticity. From an designer expatriate point of view, It is interesting to me that design sensibilities of different people from around the world are all mashed up altogether in one creative soup bowl.
WHO ARE YOUR DESIGN HEROES? // Paula Scher, Steven Heller, David Carson, Aaron Draplin, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister and all the folks of ILOVEDUST and Pentagram.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? // Easily, I can jump from one role to the other. Today Creative Director. Tomorrow a Graphic Designer. An Illustrator on one day. It is never boring and it is all pure fun. Doing things I am passionate about.
WHICH PROJECT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? // Doing a series of illustration for a local consumer water brand. Basically, I have to do seven separate illustrations depicting the cultural richness of the all continents. It was bone breaking and nerve wracking. See project link.
DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH TO DESIGN? // This is a linear process in which I practice all the time :
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START APE CREATIVE AND ANY CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY? // I've been an agency under dog for a long time, where in I've been thrown with silly briefs and donkey jobs. They called me "The Rollanizer" for just doing pretty things for some other people's ideas. I quit employment and started my own design studio. Eventually, doing the things I am passionate about, design and illustration. After that, it was history.
YOUR FAVOURITE AUTOMOTIVE BRAND? // Land Rover
YOUR FAVOURITE CLOTHING / FASHION BRAND? // Levi's, Lucky Brand and selected brands that I can snatch from Zumiez.
YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST ? // Ai Weiwei
DUBAI ASIDE WHERE WOULD YOUR NEXT STUDIO'S BE BASED? // Next studio would be somewhere back home in Manila.
DESIGN ASIDE WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER PASSIONS? // Art, music and Film.
ARE YOU A COLLECTOR? // I am keen collector of anything vintage super obots. Mainly, Soul of Chogokins. But sometimes I do collect Art/Vinyl toys and art/design related books.
HOW DOES DUBAI INFLUENCE YOUR WORK? // It influenced me in so many ways. The fact that I lived and worked in Dubai for fifteen years, this place molded me. I learned how to become a "world" citizen.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TO WORK ON? // Artistically inclined projects where I can play. Corporate is also cool, but it depends on the brief. If ain't fun, it's a no go.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN DUBAI? // Jebel Ali, Dubai
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT, SHOP, SOCIALIZE IN DUBAI? //
Eat: Karachi Darbar and Xiao Wei Yang
Shop: Dubai Mall
Socialize: Ship's Wheel, Jebel Ali Village
YOUR TAKE ON DUBAI AS A CITY AND ITS RAPID CHANGES? // It's so fast that it sometimes loses it's soul.
WHY SHOULD SOMEONE VISIT DUBAI? // For them to witness how to become a citizen of the world without actually being a real citizen.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My wife, family, friends and my dog.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // The world will be completely obliterated because of man-made idiocracy.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // My dad trying to scratch my back.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My mom, the all-time hardworking and the most selfless person I know.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY DESIGN LEGEND WHO WOULD IT BE? // No doubt, David Carson.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Books about two artist photographers to whom I gave it to my photographer friends.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Be kind, selfless and be a person of vision.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Critical about things that does not need criticism.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Superiority complex and being a racist.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // John Malkovich.
FAVOURITE MUSIC // Blues and Indie.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Redbone by Childish Gambino.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // David Carson: The End of Print.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Disobedient Objects by V&A Publishing.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Blood sugar levels went up to 600 mg/dl.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Kyoto, Japan
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Cancun, Mexico
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Traveling / Binge watching and playing video games.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Not really.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My dog's random act of stupidity.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Animal death videos.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Just be authentic and real in all life angles.