DUDO Design is a collaboration between Duke and Don. The duo met whilst both were majoring in design at Elam School of Fine Arts and, two years after graduating, they founded their own art and design studio in Auckland. Their surroundings and shared interest in New Zealand culture are brightly reflected in their growing range of vibrant and often quirky designs.
What do you make?
We make art blocks, art prints and greeting cards. We recently added t-shirts to our current collection, and they will be available in our Felt shop very soon. We are continuously creating more new designs and crafts as we learn and grow.
How did you get into your craft?
Duke: It all really began with childhood doodling on my workbook pages, which later on lead to my study of Fine Art degree at Elam, where I was given the opportunity to explore various media and art forms. I was fascinated and influenced by Takashi Murakami‘s work in my early years at Elam, and I started to experiment with his ‘Superflat’ theory in my work.
Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
Yes, I studied Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Auckland.
Your favourite materials, tools and processes? We love paper, all sorts of paper.
What inspires you?
Nature. Great typography. Stunning work from websites and blogs created by witty, clever and creative people, even sometimes a line from song lyric or a funny quote.
Is there a philosophy behind your work?
For us, it is about having fun creating and making.
Describe your workspace: Messy yet functional.
Five words that describe your mind: Colourful, repetitive, silly, puzzling, curious.
Your favourite feedback from a customer:
“These guys are going to be famous soon. Buy their stuff now while it’s cheap! Thanks again. Can’t wait for the website.”
What was the last handmade item you bought? An Artist Wallet from Tofutree.
A favourite quote:
“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticise, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Do you have any pets?
No…but someday I will own a French Bulldog or two. Someday that we’re not moving around anymore and settled down in a big factory sized studio!
If you’ve got family and friends overseas to buy gifts for this Christmas, Duke and Don’s prints will make great Kiwi-flavoured postable pressies! Check out more designs in their Felt shop, DUDO Design.