Interview with a designer

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I’m always curious to find out what other people do for a living, so I thought it might be interesting to get in touch with a Quo Vadis designer and talk about what that’s like. Laurence Barragan works at the QV factory in Carquefou (on the west coast of France near Nantes), and she graciously agreed to answer a few of my questions…

How long have you worked at Quo Vadis?
I’ve worked there since 1988.

What kinds of projects do you work on?
I work on a lot of different projects, like creating agenda covers, notebooks, and binders. I’m also responsible for things like product catalogs, logos, and stands.

How long does a typical project last, and how many people are involved?
It varies considerably. Whenever anything is created from scratch, you have to do an enormous amount of preparation research, planning, finding the right personnel, and so on. Preparation for a single project might last anywhere from an hour to several weeks. After that, it’s a little easier to estimate how long it will actually take to execute the project. That ranges from 5 minutes to several more weeks.

A lot of people are involved with each project that we do. The head of product planning and I are mostly responsible for the preparation. But our Graphic Design and Industrial Services departments also help us figure out exactly what’s possible, technically speaking, and then of course they help us execute it.

What do you like best about working at Quo Vadis?
Above all, I enjoy the creative aspects of the job you get to share ideas with other people while still maintaining a large degree of independence.

Is there anything else about your job that you feel is particularly unusual or interesting or cool?
Because I’m located in the Quo Vadis factory, I can follow the each project from its inception to its final production. That’s very interesting, and it’s also somewhat rare in my profession.

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