1. What brought you into the creative industries?
As a child I was fascinated by the cartoonists in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor and I used to imitate them by drawing caricatures of my relatives. Studying Fine Arts at University felt like the natural path to follow. After experimenting with a variety of disciplines, from stone sculpture to opera set design, I finally settled on communication design. I was drawn to the combination of the pure satisfaction of creating visual aesthetic beauty and also the need to face and solve challenges. In my job I solve communication challenges through attractive eye-catching graphic design and sparky messaging.
2. What's the best thing about being an Art Director at DMA Partners?
I can't think of a single thing, it’s rather the sum of several factors that makes my work so enjoyable:
The mindset, culture and values that we have as a company. If you know DMA, you will know our motto: “It’s a love thing”. Putting your heart into what you do makes the difference.
The diversity of projects that we develop and the variety of clients, industries, communication contexts and design languages that we use. Having the opportunity to learn about varied topics such as fintech or healthcare enriches my day-to-day.
The people. At DMA we really do work as a team, so collaborating with talented, hard-working, witty and easy-going colleagues makes everything very easy!
3. Away from your professional life how do you get creative inspiration?
I find photography very stimulating, especially travel photography. I love capturing the charm of landscapes and moments. I get very excited every time I add a new toy to my collection of photographic gear. I particularly like the simplicity of the scenery in the photo below of the famous Don Quixote windmills in La Mancha.
For obvious reasons, for the past year I’ve had to rethink this hobby and adapt it to the new reality. With a limit on exploring new corners of the world, I’ve been focusing on finding interesting stuff around me that is worth contemplating in a new way. Some things as far away as the moon or as close as the iris of my eye! Take a look at some of my images here. You can see more at my personal website; www.melisadupre.com