Name: Pablo Lara H.
Profession: Illustrator, photographer, and web designer
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pablo Lara H. is a freelance creative specialising in illustration, photography and web design. We asked Pablo to share the tricks and tools that comprise his daily design toolkit...
I use different paper for different mediums. For sketches in graphite pencil, standard blank paper. For watercolours, gouache, and markers, blank Fabriano paper (or any thicker paper variety).
I use Brazilian notebooks from Tilibra for sketching and note-taking, they are an old trademark in the field.
I call this colour palette, "70's Nordic Sweater."
Source of inspiration:
I love the '70s and the Baroque (+ Rococo) era.
I’ve been making an archive of vintage magazines (from the '50s-80s) for colour palettes and layout ideas.
Designer on speed dial:
Massimo Vignelli, Eiko Ishioka or Saul Bass. I can't decide.
Right now, I love anything Grotesque. My favourites include Space Grotesk by Florian Karsten at Google Fonts, Basement Grotesque by Basement Studio, and Sporting Grotesque by Lucas Le Bihan at Velvetyne Foundry.
I love the new serifs experimenting with old and new trends. There are new foundries and freelance type designers doing amazing typefaces. Featured here: Magilio.
A cliché: Comic Sans or Papyrus.
Pablo also curates a bank of free typefaces.
I use several apps/websites to help me get things done like presentations, sketching projects, trees of ideas, etc.
For the project itself, the client. You have to satisfy the expectations of the client. But you can always provide guidance and negotiate some of your ideas.
For general knowledge, growth as an artist, critical appreciation, and learning I look to other designers or colleagues.