Graphic design: Valley of Omsk (Philippe Koeune)
Publisher: Jota Castro
© Thomas Vanden Driessche
Manystuff: Could you please present yourself?
Philippe Koeune: My name is Philippe Koeune, i was born in Luxemburg and since a few month i have a mustache.
I spend most of my time working on the GIRLS FROM OMSK (womenswear label) and the Valley of Omsk (graphic design studio) projects and this is good.
Manystuff: How do you feel about the “books price concept”, with a jury, a competition, etc. … ? Do you think, and why, it is relevant to organize this kind of competition? Is it related to a transformation of the book status?
Philippe Koeune: On a personal scale, it’s interesting to get feedback from other designers on your work. What i like about it and which is true for all the book prices i know, is that these competitions reward a pretty wide selection of books. The competition is not really about the individuals but more about the books. So in that sense i think it’s relevant.
Manystuff: Fernand Baudin price is privileging the coherence of the interactions between the various creators of book: what do you think about the complicity & dialogue that seems to be stronger between author/artist/publisher/graphic designer/printer/… in the creation process of a book?
Philippe Koeune: These interactions are rewarding, binding, exciting, challenging, etc.
Manystuff: Could you please introduce one of your upcoming project that you are now working on?
Philippe Koeune: Working on the visual identity of an upcoming irish art event.