Interview with Loïc Schwaller
GH: We're so curious to find out: who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
Loïc: My name is Loïc Schwaller and I’m based in Amsterdam. I studied Mathematics and I got a PhD in Statistics.
A little while ago, I decided to quit academic research to pursue my passion for design in general and creative coding more specifically. I’m now working as a freelance motion & graphic designer.
I always start by doodling forms and mathematical equations representing them or their movement in a notebook.
GH: What is the underlying philosophy behind your work?
Loïc: If there is a philosophy behind my work, I think it could be summed up by ‘what would happen if…’. Some of my artworks bear a resemblance to the idea they originated from, but more often than not there is this unforeseen moment where things go off-script.
I’m always a coding mistake or tweaked parameter away from finding myself chuckling at some fascinating thing that I did not anticipate but that is better than what I envisioned.
GH: Can you pick an artwork and describe your workflow?
GH: What's been inspiring you lately?
Loïc: I recently took part in the 7th edition of ‘36 days of type’, an open call by graphic designers Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea where creatives from all around the globe are invited to share daily typographic creations on Instagram. For my first participation last year I made a full set of animated letters and numbers with Processing. I learned a lot in the process and it took me to new creative territories. Looking at all the other submissions was also a huge source of inspiration. That’s why, even though it was a demanding project, I signed up for another round this year, having an amazing experience once again!
I’m also the recent owner of an Axidraw v3 pen-plotter from Evil Mad Scientist and I love it! It has opened up a lot of new possibilities for me.
– Loïc Schwaller, Amsterdam, Netherlands