Diran Malatjalian, a professional designer and the founder of screenprinting-support.com is a man who has his own direction in life. He does not follow the crowd, but instead finds new ways to accomplish design tasks that are better than anything he has seen before. With degrees from both Harvard University and MIT, he knows how to use math to create artful designs that are one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
1. How did you get into your chosen profession?
I was interested in design when I was in high school, so for college, I attended Harvard University where I received a degree in mathematics. Then for graduate school, I went to MIT where I also got a degree in mathematics. But instead of going into academia, I began my career at an investment bank, followed by a few other jobs including being the CFO of a couple of companies that were run badly enough that they failed. Finally, after having invested all my money into the companies and getting nowhere, I decided to try doing what I really wanted which is graphic design. When someone puts their whole life savings into something it makes them more serious about succeeding with it! So now here are and it’s been an interesting ride.
2. What do you like the most about what you do?
The thing I like best is dealing with clients and seeing their reactions when they see the finished results. When I explain to them how we got there, and knowing that they understand what we did and why it works, well…that’s a wonderful feeling. Also, getting paid to create art is pretty nice too!
3. Tell us about your education – where did you go to school?
I have a BA from Harvard University in applied math as well as a Ph.D. from MIT in applied math for those who are interested in such things! That should be enough schooling for anyone right? Actually, my wife sometimes accuses me of being too smart!
4. What do you think is the best tool (program, application, equipment) for your work?
The computer and printer are pretty crucial to our workflow, but I also try to make sure I use a lot of different tools to create interesting effects. Some things that we’ve used in the past: 3D geometry software, various plugins, and super-resolution tools, math and physics-based image optimization techniques, CAD programs for prototyping….and on and on it goes. It’s tough to name just one because lately, we’re always trying new stuff all the time.
5. How does your creative process look like?
I don’t think there is such a thing as “the creative process” – only every individual’s process which is very personal and different for every person.
6. What would you recommend to those who are just starting their career?
Don’t expect success or money to come quickly. Prepare yourself to have a long road ahead of you, but know that if you’re willing to put in the time and effort success will eventually come as long as you continue to learn as much as possible about your craft and do the best work possible; and also make sure people see it! Because if no one ever sees what you’ve done – how can they possibly care?
7. Finally, What else would you like our readers to know about your job and yourself?
I’m not super-interesting really (unless geometry or math-based art is interesting). But I do think that you can learn a lot about yourself by sitting down, closing your eyes, and imagining the future as you see it. This is an important exercise because it allows you to determine what path to take in order to be as happy as possible!
Well, now we know more about Diran Malatjalian. Thank you for this interview and we hope to hear from you again soon. By the way, if anyone needs top-notch screen printing services – we’ve got what it takes! Well…just ask Diran and he’ll tell us exactly what we need to do!