Elin Eriksson is a Finish illustrator and graphic designer with a Communication Design background as well as a background in fine arts.

(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)

1. First and Last Name
Elin Maria Eriksson

2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
I’m originally from a small island between Sweden and Finland, The Alandic Islands, but I am currently living in Helsinki.

 

3. What’s your main influences?
My greatest source of inspiration is definitely the people I meet in my line of work. Other designers or artists who share and discuss their process, challenges and how they solve problems using creativity. And my customers, who come to me looking for visuals, but is so full of ambition and passion when talking about their companies. So inspiring!.

4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I started off wanting to be an artist in a more classic way, painting in oil. But realized it was a way to abstract line of work for me. I love solving problems and twist and turn thoughts until I find the perfect solution. After I studied Fine Arts for a year I spent another year in carpentry school designing and building furniture before I found and fell in love with graphic design and illustration. I love my job, it’s so flexible and you always have to face new challenges and push yourself out of your comfort zone to meet the customers’ expectations and visions!

I love my job, it’s so flexible and you always have to face new challenges and push yourself…

5. Where do you see yourself next?
I work as a freelance designer at the moment, which I love, but I can also picture myself working at a studio or agency in the future. Being able to work on bigger projects where more people, designers and people with other disciplines, are involved in the finished solution.

6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
If you’re just starting out as a full-time freelance designer my best advice would be to not be afraid to charge your costumer for the work and love you put into their company. It can be difficult to put a price on your work in the beginning, but make sure you don’t work for free if it doesn’t pay off in other ways. If you do a great job your costumers will see the value in your work!

(…) my best advice would be to not be afraid to charge your costumer for the work and love you put into their company.

7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
Early mornings, ice skating, and taking breaks from my beloved computer.

8. Tell us 3 things you like

  • Avocados
  • Fluffy animals
  • Hugs

9. And 3 things you don’t

  • Prejudice
  • Envy
  • Cocktail cherries

10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Obsessed with Beatrice Eli at the moment!


Follow more of Elin’s work at:
Elinmariaeriksson.com

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