Frederik Wiedel is a motion graphic designer from Sweden and a former Hyper Island student.He has worked with studios such as OneSize and ManvsMachine.
(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)
1. First and Last Name
2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
I am from Trelleborg, a small city in the south of Sweden where I am currently living as well.
3. What’s your main influences?
I get my influences from art, film, music, creative people, photography and many other sources. I also find a lot of things that influence me when I’m doing stuff unrelated to design or animation, like traveling or skateboarding.
4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I’ve been making homemade videos together with my friends since I was a kid. We were making skate videos and that taught me to edit films in a young age. I think I’ve always been a bit artistic in some way, whether this was through drawing characters or knitting stuff like Donald Duck with my grandmother. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living but I knew that I liked creating stuff and that It’d be something to do with media.
I was surrounded by like-minded people and I started to create designs and animations daily.
After high school, I was working in a skiing resort for a season and at some point, my brother told me about Hyper Island. In 2012 I applied for the Motion Graphics program in Karlskrona and got in. That’s where it really started for me. I was surrounded by like-minded people and I started to create designs and animations daily. I got pretty productive and really enjoyed to nerd out on learning a bunch of different software. In all, Hyper was a great experience that’s hard to describe, but it changed me and made me really grow as a person.
The last task at Hyper was to fix an internship and I ended up with one in London. It was a cool experience but it didn’t lead to a job so I applied for another one at Onesize in Amsterdam. Eventually, that lead to a full-time position and I had a blast with the guys there. Later, after two years in Amsterdam I felt like I needed new challenges, so I quit and started freelancing. Which I’ve been doing now almost two years.
I’ve worked on many different projects for big clients with studios that I admire
I’ve had the privilege to be busy as a freelancer. I’ve worked on many different projects for big clients with studios that I admire. To be able to work as a designer and animator with so many different companies and people all around the world is super cool. That I now can be in Sweden and work with a company over in the US to help create visuals for big events at Madison Square Garden in New York wasn’t something I could even imagine that I’d be doing when I was drawing as a kid.
5. Where do you see yourself next?
I want to continue to freelance. I wish to travel to places I haven’t been before, visit more studios and maybe be an in-house freelancer at one. I want to be around creative and inspiring people. I have my own office in Sweden without any work colleagues and that is something I really miss.
A goal I have this year is to create something for Swedish TV. I’ve done work for TV productions in other countries but to make something that friends and family at home could see would be a really big thing for me. So that will be next!
6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
Try stuff out! Don’t be afraid to fail and look bad. Spit out all kinds of stuff and don’t think too much if it’s good or not. Create stuff that you like and hopefully, someone out there will like it too. I’ve created a couple of personal projects that have been picked up by big clients, which I never thought when I made them in the first place.
I’ve created a couple of personal projects that have been picked up by big clients, which I never thought when I made them in the first place.
7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
I think it’s super hard and scary to talk in front of other people. I am getting better at it but I have a long way to go.
8. Tell us 3 things you like
- Chicken curry
- unplanned trips
9. And 3 things you don’t
- 6°C and cold winds
10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Recently have I been listening to Sonya Spencer.
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