Nicholas Keays is a 21-year old Melbourne-based digital designer whose favourite number, if he had one, would be 420.

How did you get into digital design?
I started out with digital design by bringing illustrations I did on paper into photoshop, to clean them up and colour them in. Eventually, I started enjoying the digital part of my work more, so I decided to start expanding on those ideas.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from the internet as well as my everyday life.

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Do you have any favorite songs you listen to whilst you’re getting some work done?
A lot of the time I am working on my laptop whilst hanging out with my friends who are making music on their laptops at the same time, so most of the music I listen to whilst making art is incomplete loops of songs by Fossabeats or Lojack.

I see you’ve done work for I’lls, tell me about the process behind it.
The work I did for I’lls was a collab with one of my good friends Hamish/Sangkhara who plays the keys in I’lls.

There was a pretty interesting process behind it. I designed something simple/clean and then Hamish projected the image and recaptured it using a VHS camera. He then fried the footage using a video synth. Next, we chose the stills we liked and I fixed the colours and mastered the images.

Tell me three fun facts about yourself.

  1. I run a group on Facebook called Craig David.
    2. I do most of the art/design for Solitaire Records.
    3. I’m in rap crew called THC boys.

Have you studied anything design/art related?
I completed a diploma of Interactive Digital Media which is where I learnt environmental/digital design.

Nicholas_Keays_1What gear/programs have you relied on during your progression as a digital designer?
I don’t use any gear apart from my laptop, without it I would get nothing done. I will usually use a mixture Photoshop and Maya to create my work.

Do you have any dream jobs?
I get bored really easily so I would love to work between the fields of music, fashion and animation.

In your opinion, what makes a great designer?
I would say a great designer is someone who has an extensive knowledge of art/design and can still muster up something different and appealing.

Where can we find more of your work?
You can find my work at www.cargocollective.com/nickeays or on Instagram.