Najmi Ariffin

Graphic Designer

What do you do?
I do graphic design for a living and have been joining MulaZine’s team for the past few months as a graphic designer. My portfolio reaches from futuristic album covers to fancy shirt designs. Basically in Mula Zine, I prepared all the visuals that you see mostly on Mula Zine’s Instagram and also always trying to keep it align with the brand identity or maybe creating a new visual narrative of what “RETRO” means to you.
Why do you do what you do and how do you convince people that you love what you do?
I think my love for music has introduced me to this medium I always fascinated by the notion of the physical release of album artwork since I was a kid, I always wanted to be part of the history and process-making of art and music like how Peter Saville artwork for “Unknown Pleasure” by Joy Division went from underground album artwork to a piece of cultural ubiquity. For me personally, being honest with the process of making any project is the best way to convince people that you love what you’re doing and it’s not that easy to find the balance in honesty between doing what you love and doing what you need for a living.
What’s your birth chart and which one do you resonate most with?
I was born on 14th August so my birth chart is Leo. I think being a Leonine has this attitude of being hard working on what they do or sometimes it gets worse to a workaholic person but I personally don’t even look up to any birth chart astrology. So these questions made me do a free astrology test on a website, haha and I think the most that I resonate with is I always know exactly what I’m going to bring to the table and I hate being concerned about trivial matters or anything meanness. I try to avoid doing any work that I feel ambivalent about.
What’s your best skill, and one skill that you wish you had?
Over-particular or being fussy on details. I wish that I had the skills to recreate audio effects in specific scenes in movies like Foley artist. Being a Foley artist is like the coolest job in the world!
What’s a quintessential signature you that many can be familiar with?
How did you get to where you are now and what were some of the fall backs that you had to go through?
I started my career out like most every other designer. My diploma in Graphic Design is like a stepping stone in my journey to learn more about this course. I don’t have any person that I look up to back then when I first started but I can feel that this path is like a synthesis of my love for arts and music. I have worked with several companies before to gain some experience in the advertising industry and I have almost been laid-off many times due to designers that are always being so disposable to most of the companies that I work before. I had experience working on 15 hours per day and sometimes weekends that fully unpaid but I’m glad that I finally had taken the risk to start with freelancing and It’s not that easy, the struggle to build up my portfolio at first was not very promising but slowly until now I can see every milestone that I have created. I just want to create and I don’t want to be a factory
What’s your favorite photo in your gallery and why?
This photo always made me think of my work and how it goes into cultural cycles or aesthetic trends that are passing through time. The speed of our culture has made consumers want everything now and everything must look cool. How does my work impact people and really touch someone?
What’s your pet peeve?
Always trying to be polite but sometimes I have to be blunt to get my point across.
Describe to us what your ideal collaboration and client is. Also, who would you want to work with?
I believe the best collaborations happen naturally. Sometimes it happens when you had a conversation with someone and you felt that rush of excitement as you see the person getting stoked about your idea or theirs but I don’t let things develop too fast because your friends since childhood don’t mean you’ll work well together. The creative process will fluctuate. I love to work with someone who can roll with punches and encourage myself to do the same. I rather choose someone that has working chemistry than who I want to work with
How should one approach you to working together?
Spam my email.