Just in case you were wondering…
My name is Yanko Tsvetkov and I’m a freelance graphic designer and a visual artist. I am known as alphadesigner, a pseudonym that usually makes people think what I do is really important. That’s why I chose it.
My artistic philosophy
As an artist, I am limited only by the span of my imagination and the level of my mastery. I’m not politically correct. Art is an expression of feelings and spirit, not a moral quest for dignity, purification or salvation. If you seek the latter, go to a priest or simply continue reading.
My design philosophy
Like every designer, I prefer to be emotionally engaged in my work. I enjoy designing for other artists like painters, musicians or writers. I adore architecture, psychology, linguistics, mythology, history, physics and astronomy. If you or your business are specialized in these areas, we’ll have the advantage of shared common interests.
Of course all these options are merely guidelines and you shouldn’t hesitate approaching me in case you specialize in something different. Whatever the case, I have one very simple condition – I love honesty. If you try to mislead your clients or your public, you’ll have to do it on your own. Projects for social causes and charity get a special treatment. In contrast to my artistic philosophy, I think design is the perfect tool for making the world a better place. And yes, that’s a moral quest.
A bit of bio
I was born in a small town in communist Bulgaria. I had a great childhood with plenty of fresh air and a lot of sun. During my teenage years I studied in a German school, followed by a year and a half service in the Bulgarian Navy. I went to university at the beginning of the century to study movie directing and later graduated as a director of photography. In the meantime I became a web and graphic designer and gradually added illustration to the whole mess.
I have been lucky enough to be interviewed about my work and my artworks have been published and discussed in many leading newspapers, magazines, TV shoes and radio programmes all over the world. Here’s a neat list with some of my favorites:
- Inside the Creative Mind, an interview about the creative process of my “Trinity” artwork. Matthew Bath in Digital Arts Magazine (27 Apr 2009)
- Quegli stereotipi che ci ricordano il bello delle differenze, article about my Mapping Stereotypes project by Beppe Severgnini in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (22 Sept 2010)
- Ecco le cartine irriverenti che mappano gli stereotipi europei, article about my Mapping Stereotypes project by Francesco Tortora in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (21 Sept 2010), Italian version
- Tongue-in-Cheek Maps of European Stereotypes, article about my Mapping Stereotypes project by Francesco Tortora in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (21 Sept 2010), English version
- ‘Smelly people, ‘commies’ and ‘dirty porn’: Europe mapped by national stereotypes, article about my Mapping Stereotypes project by Heidi Blake on the web site of The Telegraph newspaper (20 Sep 2010)
- Artist Puts Our Stereotypes on the Map, article about my Mapping Stereotypes project by Mary Papenfuss in Newser (Sep 22, 2010)