Hi, my name is Peter Mintchev, and I am a designer and an artist. I use this site to share my work.
I enjoy working on a wide range of projects, from quick experiments completed in an hour, to large projects spanning years. Whatever its size, I approach each project as a way to learn something new and make something better. Every project found here has taught me something exciting and has made me improve as a designer. This site shows a path of development rather than a catalogue of achievements.
Case Study: Filter Interaction Pattern
How I solved a usability problem.
An essential component of every design.
Sometimes something small makes a big difference.
Crimson Medical Referrals
This is the product I have been working on for the past 2 years.
There is always an opportunity waiting around.
Just for fun.
Diving into the world of social media.
Marketing site for a demanding client.
Leo Messi Social App
One of the more unique projects I have worked on.
Lessons learned from a series of mistakes.
Position In Platform
My first take on an enterprise application.
When you are your own client.
The Good Site
Experiementing is not underrated.
Illustration is a passion of mine. It is a skill that has been extremely useful in tight deadlines, and I have often employed it in my work. I have been illustrating as a sort of chameleon for the most part, using the appropriate style for the occasion. However, in the last two years I began to focus on developing a more personal style that reflects my taste and influences.
Pictures of Lines
Visual art is a very important part of my life and I am actively exhibiting and developing my artwork. My artworks are held in a number of private and public collections, and I have been short-listed for a number of prestigious contemporary art awards. Often my design ideas are directly inspired by contemporary art. My artist website can be viewed at: www.petermintchev.com
I try to stay informed of contemporary culture as a whole, from politics and sports, to literature, art and design. Inspiration, for me, is a process of filtering through this information to find points of reference upon which I can build my practice, taste and even identity. Perhaps the best way to show who I am, then, is to share what I like.
Art and Concept
Gerhardt Richter has been one of the most influential artists upon my thinking. His work is simple, conceptual and enigmatic. If I could live with only one piece of art it would be one of his paintings.
Typography is a science and an art about which I am continuously trying to learn. It is something that can either make a design or ruin it. Choosing a font is like choosing a personality.
Web Design is similar to architecture in more ways than one. I have been greatly inspired by the work of Tadao Ando and the way he infuses materials with lyrical qualities while bringing a minimalist approach to space and form.
Robert Frank's book The Americans is so full of visual narrative and surprises, that I think it could be used as a compositional manual. It has strongly influenced my own approach to photography.
Much of my inspiration comes from visual art. De Kooning is one of the painters whom I see in a different way every time I think about his work. His style seems to shift between an intimate form of expression and a public statement. When I saw his paintings in person I was surprised by how exquisite they are.
For me the best thing about music is that while I am unable to play or technically understand it, I must therefore experience it only on an emotional and aesthetic level—which in a sense is very objective. Devendra Banhart is one of my recent favorites: a musician that possesses almost schizophrenic stylistic diversity, yet also revels in a highly recognizable individuality.