Hi, my name is Peter Mintchev and I am a designer and an artist. This site showcases my work.
I believe that good design begins with a concept, while style, interaction and content are derived from it and blend together to create a singular experience. Whether working on large projects, or developing a personal idea, the biggest challenge of design is to find the correct idea that will guide the project.
During the past few years I have worked in dynamic company environments where I have been invited often to contribute outside design and towards product development, marketing strategies and management. One of the things for which I have been most valued is my analytical approach and ability to generate ideas. The number of projects and the aspects of my work I am showing here are important to me not just for their scale or the scope of my involvement in them, but because each one of them has taught me something significant, and have helped me further understand my field and individual progress as a designer.
UX, UI, Web
Below is a selection of the interactive projects I have worked on recently. Some of the larger projects were worked on in collaboration with members of my team. You can find details about each project and my involvement in it by viewing the individual project.
Leo Messi Social App
Position In Platform
The Good Site
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.
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.