Meet Valen Lim Chong Chin 林中雋 — a Kuala Lumpur-based graphic designer and illustrator. He dabbles in various fields, such as brand identity, print graphics, typography, and illustration. His works are heavily influenced by local heritage yet emboldened by a modernist flair.
1 July, 2022
During his architectural studies, he was interested in the Polish Poster School and Polish Illustration. It became the main factor that made him pursue 100% for illustration and design. Today, Przemek loves getting inspiration from all over the world (mostly through Instagram and travels). In his works, he is usually inspired by nature, movies, scenes from life, and loves injecting humour in his craft.
What’s the FNF cover story behind ana tomy x Valen Lim ?
When ana tomy invited me to part of their FNF project, I decided to do something fun and lighthearted. The front cover features a flower inspired by an all-green jumpsuit and headpiece worn by Cardi B to Paris Fashion Week in 2021, where she looked like a bright green curvaceous flower!
What inspires you for the back cover’s illustration ?
The notebook’s back cover is a drawing of an anthropomorphic bird wearing clown shoes. For this image, I was inspired by the shadow cast on my studio door handle, which looks like a busy bird walking very big steps! Many of my designs are inspired by random, everyday observations like this, which I exaggerate to create something quirky and fun.
What’s the story of the book spine?
I left my signature on the spine, with some geometric shapes and the word 木 (Chinese: wood) twice, which makes up my surname, Lim: 林.
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