Get to Know: Alex Miles
Here at Laikonik we regularly come across interesting creative types who, for some reason or another, thrill and excite us. So we thought, heck, why not share the love? Consider this post the first in a regular series where we go inside the head (figuratively speaking, of course) of someone we think is just dandy.
Today, that someone is Alex Miles [hyperlink: alexmiles.com.au] (full disclosure: Alex is a longtime personal friend of Laikonik creative director Jo Palmer), an obscenely talented designer, illustrator and occasional maker of beautiful things. Working from her studio in Tasmania, Alex collaborates with creatives around the world on everything from public artworks to branding. She’s been at for 20 years now and, frankly, it shows in her impressive CV.
After studying at the art school at University of Tasmania, came seven years travelling and working, mostly in France and Italy, where Alex honed her talent alongside some incredible (unofficial) mentors. “The most important thing I learnt while working overseas is that design thinking doesn’t have to be confined to a particular discipline or method,” she says. “Think outside the box.”
A lover of the environment, Alex was rather chuffed to recently work on revitalising the identity of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. “They play a really important role,” she says. “So it’s great to be involved with them.”
Another client, Italian coffee manufacturer Goppion Caffe, can’t get enough of her, coming back for more of Alex’s illustrations and designs since 1996. Biggest project to date? In terms of scale, budget and public visibility, it has to be a series of public artworks commissioned by the Tasmanian Government for the Three Capes Track on Tasman Peninsula. “It was so much fun,” Alex recalls. “It’s not every day that you get to fly to work in a helicopter.”
Read on to discover what makes Alex tick… you’ll no doubt love her as much as we do.
My design philosophy: keep it simple. I also try not to be limited by what I can do myself. If I have a great idea but don’t know how to do it, I find someone who can help me. It usually leads to more opportunities.
There’s no place I’d rather be than: I’m pretty happy where I am most of the time. But I’m looking forward to camping with the kids this Easter.
Five words that describe my home: noisy, busy, leafy, light and a bit messy.
I’m happiest when: I’m outdoors, swimming or learning something new.
I find inspiration: in friends, family and other designers and artists, nature, film, art, architecture, illustration (especially kids books), hardware stores, antique shops. Anything well crafted by hand… I’d like to say books but I never have time to read although I love anything with visual references like art books etc. I used to read magazines a lot but find that anything new or noteworthy will appear online before it makes it to print.
If I could meet anyone, present or past, it would be: there are so many incredible people, I think if I had to actually name them it might be overwhelming. So I’ll opt for illustrator Carson Ellis—I think we’d get on well.
Being creative allows me to: constantly invent, plan and make… and still be working when I’m in a bookshop or art gallery.
Three words that describe my work: simple, playful, considered.
Someone who inspires me: too many to list, but lately—and it’s a mixed bag—the founders of the Green School in Bali, John and Cynthia Hardy: imagine going to school in such a beautiful place; street artists Remed and Hense; and Cynthia Koenig, CEO of Wello, for their clever Water Wheel.
One thing I’d like that I do not have: more time to read and be in the garden. Failing that, a gardener and some good audio books.