Eurotrip w/ Rian from ANDesign

Ask any backpacker why they love traveling and you will wind up with a long-winded story about their life changing experiences. Ask an artist that and you’ll get a similar response.

We got to interview Industrial Designer, Rian Carlo of Orange County’s notable Industrial Design firm, ANDesign Lab, and asked him how his recent travels through Europe have helped his design outlook.

“I can’t shake it. I just see life in its juxtaposition. I interpret the design of everything… finding faults and admiring design solutions. It gets tiresome, but it’s beautiful to see life for what it really is, knowing how it was designed and what for.” – Rian Carlo

1. Where did you travel to? What for? How long?

A: I visited London, Paris, and Rome. We traveled across Europe for 14 days visiting monuments along the way. We stayed in AirBnB‘s so we could keep our experience as genuine as possible. We didn’t want to be tourists, ya’know?

I went because a friend of mine had a “secret proposal” he wanted documented. This was my first time shooting a proposal. I’ve shot photos as an avid hobbyist for years now. But, I actually started shooting around the same time I began designing, but most of my photo stuff wasn’t as serious. Sometimes I’d have to shoot product or “save-the-date” type stuff but never an engagement.

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2. What lens did you use & why?

A : I had visited Europe once before and I brought only my 35mm. It’s a great lens, but it wasn’t wide enough. I couldn’t get the bigger picture with it like I did this time when I shot almost all street photography with my fisheye, wide angle lens. For the proposal shots, I only used the 35mm. There were certain limitations for each. But it worked out. 

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3. Do you see similarities in design and photography?

A : With photography, you kind of have to imagine the shot prior to actually shooting it. It’s kind of the same thing with design. You have to envision it prior to designing it. You prep each the same way, by proper juxtaposition. I can’t shake it. I just see life in its juxtaposition. I interpret the design of everything… finding faults and admiring design solutions. It gets tiresome, but it’s beautiful to see life for what it really is, knowing how it was designed and what for.

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4. Which was your favorite destination? Least favorite? Why?

A : ROME! I’m a big history guy. So much that I took Latin in High School…and Roman history is the craziest! I mean, I enjoyed all the non-tourist parts the most.

  1. It was less crowded, so less hustle-and-bustle. Less anxiety.
  2. The food was cheaper! According to the merchants, it’s because they respected the local clientele. The local markets’ clientele always returned, unlike the tourist attractions where clientele comes and goes.I didn’t have a least favorite place. Each was different, but foodwise, London was so bland. So maybe there. Oh. Also, rush hour on the Paris metro sucks, too.

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4b. Would you rather be in LA’s rush hour or Paris’?

A : That’s a tough one. I’ve never been on the metro for LA’s rush hour, but I have been on the 405. So I’d say Paris. I mean, I got to just sit on there and people watch. The only real concern was watching out for pick-pocketers….

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5. Do you think it’s important for a creative to travel?

A : Without a doubt. Not just creatives, but everyone needs to expand their minds, ya’know. Especially as a creative, though, you wanna think outside the box. Traveling gives you perspective–you see how other people work, how other cultures do “life.”

My favorite “design” part was the old architecture. The old designs, didn’t feel old. The history of the architecture just seemed ahead of its time. Did you know the Coliseum is earthquake proof? We have buildings nowadays that aren’t.  Seeing how their minds worked similarly to ours in regards to constructivism is crazy.

Pompei had cross walks….imagine that.

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Check out some of RC’s industrial design work via his Behance here.

RC says ” STAY AWESOME!”

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