User Preferences: Tech Q&A With Vector Artist Nicola Felaco
Each week we chat about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Nicola Felaco.
The Creators Project: Who are you and what do you do?
Nicola Felaco: My name is Nicola Felaco. I was born in Aversa, but have lived almost all of my life in Naples. As the son of a typographer, I was fed with ink and lead typefaces, but my first love was paint. Painting also influenced my studies at the Institute of Art where I specialized in conservation and the restoration of cultural heritage. After I finished studying in 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, I was featured in an Expo of Performative Art at the Museo della Permanente in Milan.
Since the days of 56k modems, I have been passionate about web design and I now work as art director at a web agency for major international brands such as Ferrari, Ducati, Abarth, Moleskine, Alitalia, Lotus, Maybach, and more.
Furthermore, I’m pursuing personal projects through my website where I publish my illustrations. It’s my biggest passion now!
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What kind of hardware to you use?
First of all I use my laptop—I have a MacBook Pro 8GB ram (even if it isn’t enough), and a new arrival Wacom Intuos 5 that isn’t bad! I inevitably have good headphones, coffee, and a Pepsi dispenser!
What kind of software do you use?
Right now I live on Photoshop and Illustrator, but I wish I would have more time for Processing and OSCulator.
What piece of equipment can you simply not live without?
I can’t do without my iPhone, but my old Moleskine does its dirty work!
If money were no object, how would you change your current set up?
I would rent an open space to create an artistic collective, work on my suspended projects, realize and/or take part in workshops and worldwide exhibitions.
Is there any piece of technology that inspired you to take the path you did?
Videotapes! I liked to play with my first and only VCR where I composed video made by registering/capturing frames at random.
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What is your favorite piece of technology from your childhood?
My dear first console, Atari 2600. It visualized colored pixels and produced 8-bit disturbances… it was very realistic!
What fantasy piece of technology would you like to see invented?
Good question. I would like to make some people happy with teleportation, but before I do that, I have to invent a remote control system for space-time.