Jim Rokos is an industrial designer that throughout his career has explored a number of creative areas, now working from London. Jim originally trained as a model maker within the media, then a photographer before studying Industrial Design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. He is passionate about exploring new materials to create original and visually appealing designs. Jim is also a member of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Jim Rokos.
Image Credit: 1) Jim Rokos 2) Roger Arquer 3) Klein Bottle 4) Michael Anastassiades 5) Kouichi Okamoto
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Playful, sculptural objects that behave in unexpected ways. Modern design.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
It seems to start with a question. How can I show the physical properties of a material? (22° 36° 48° bowl) It is a lateral process and valid for the final result not to answer the opening question if it offers something else.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
The photographer John R Ward, because of his incredible attention to detail. We will have long discussions planning and working out how the shots should be styled before the photo-shoot and then a set of related images is developed over the day. He will also spot opportunities during the shoot and I always come away with exceptional images.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Often, one project will inspire the next. After the 22° 36° 48° bowl, I sought another object that could be positioned at three angles and the 13° 60° 104° decanter was developed.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I worked in the film industry as a model maker, before becoming a photographer’s assistant, then a film extra, then a teacher's assistant. I undertook a Masters in Industrial Design, as I needed a degree to teach, but I realised design would be a better fit for me. I would not suggest these footsteps..! I believe it is good to get some solid experience from design employment, before starting your one’s own brand.