Jules Tardy Interview
Jules Tardy is a designer based in Brooklyn. He currently works at Mother New York since 2011. He attended the London College of Communication as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York. Tardy moved to London in 1998 to study typography.
Who are you?
I am a french designer currently living in New York.
What do you do?
Graphic design, illustration, art direction and other things in between.
Where did you grow up?
I initially grew up in Paris but eventually moved to London when I was 12 years old. I’ve spend close to 10 years there, so it’s the place I like to call home. I studied typography at the London College of Communications and was greatly inspired by London’s vibrant graphic design scene.
When did you take your first big risk in life?
When I was about 21, but it had nothing to do with work.
Why have you persisted with the path you’re currently on?
Because I thought I was getting better at it. And seeing improvement helps moving forward. What I do helps me maintain a certain level of awareness, it’s about asking questions and looking for solutions, and more generally it’s about being curious. So as long as I am curious I hope to keep working as much as I can.
What are you working on now?
I am just wrapping up a project for Zaha Hadid with the team here at Mother New York. I can’t wait to see it out in the world soon.
Who are a few people in your field that have influenced you?
I attended the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts, most of the faculty greatly influenced me, be it Brian Collins, Stefan Sagmeister or Mr Milton Glaser.
What do you think is your biggest success so far?
Hopefully my latest project and then the one after that. At least that’s the goal for now.