We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivier Charland and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Olivier, why did you pursue a creative career?
I really felt like I couldn’t do anything else. As a kid I was making book super young, I was making birthday card on photoshop and in high school I started making websites. I feel very lucky to knew deep inside me that I would be doing a creative career. At the same time I was blinded by this idea of becoming a graphic designer very young, which made me fail all my other “unnecessary” class (for this goal). Gladly it worked out and I still love doing design and art today!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My approach to graphic design is very tactile. I like to make my composition from real shapes and objects assembled together and photographed. Mixing different techniques is where I am having the most fun. I think this is one of my strengths. It comes from my past studies in visual-arts which I never intended to do. I wanted to do pure graphic design, I was really into computer. When I didn’t get into the graphic design program in college I went to visual-arts before re-applying. It was the best thing that could happen because I learned to use my hand to create stuff and learned a lot about art. When I got into graphic design in university it really clicked to combined the two world. Sometimes a failure leads to such a better outcome!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m based in Montreal and I love my city! There is so much thing to do. Now that it’s summer time it’s festival season. If we can catch the Jazz fest, it’s super fun and full of free outdoor shows. I’d also bring them on so many good food spots, Oslo x Marusan for lunch time in this beautiful and futuristic looking café. There is a great exhibition all summer at the Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM) that I wouldn’t miss too. We could then continue to the Saint-Henri neighborhood, walk next to canal Lachine, go through the Atwater food market. Grab a beer at Mesorem and have dinner at the beautiful GIA located behind an industrial building, it really feels secret! We would also have to go to HOY gallery, a local gallery with always fun exhibit and then eat at Fleur & Cadeaux, a delicious Japanese restaurant in chinatown. Then, we can go downstairs to Sans-Soleil, their mini dance floor with always good DJs. If we’re hangover the next day we would have to go on a walk all the way to the top of the Mount-Royal, wich is the small mountain / park in the middle of the city to see the view and get fresh air. Close it with a dinner at L’Express, a French bistro that has been around for ever and is just perfect.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents without a doubt. Growing up with two artists parents showed me how you could have a ton of fun doing a multitude of projects, make things with your hands and all that with your friends. I think what’s the biggest think that I started to understand lately is how friendship is important. They have been lucky to have a strong network of friends locally and abroad that would always come home for dinner or stay with us for a bit. Their endless conversations about life, art, politics, etc. inspired me!

Website: http://olicharland.com

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