We are thrilled to start this project featuring Peter Bankov, an exceptional designer who is as modest and down-to-earth as he is talented. Peter Bankov was born in 1969 in Minsk. He graduated from the Minsk Art College in 1988 and the Moscow State Polygraph Institute in 1993. He is the creator and editor-in-chief of [kAk) magazine, one of the key points of reference for Russian graphic design. Peter is also the founder and creative director of Design Depot in Moscow. He has received numerous international awards and has been a panel member for many contests around the world. His art projects are part of private collections in Moscow, London and Beijing. He is the author and presenter of a cycle of lectures on design, and lectures in Russia, the CIS and Europe.
We asked Peter our “6 Poster Poster Questions” and this is what he had to say (watch the video to hear the answers from Bankov himself):
1. What does the poster mean to you and why do you design posters?
For me the poster is important because it is laboratory of modern design. I think the most interesting thing for me as a graphic designer I have found is the difference between professional and non-professional, between beautiful and ugly, between street culture and museum culture, between the East and the West.
2. What would you say makes a good poster?
Good poster is a non-standard plastic decision.
3. What do you think is the role of the poster on the world today?
The poster can do without the modern world but the modern world can’t do without good poster.
4. What is your typical design process for making a poster?
For me my poster art takes from 6-8 hours everyday.
5. If you could chose a poster in history as your favourite, which one would it be and why?
The posters of an era of the Soviet constructivism: Klutsis, Rodchneko. Design of the Soviet money made Dubasov. In these works there is special beauty and real power.
6. What advice would you give to new designers who might want to become poster designers?
It is necessary to work, trust yourself and not to be afraid. Graphic Design is an interesting area of human life. I believe graphic design changes the world for the better.