Graphic designer Darius Ou: Visual Questionnaire #4

Graphic designer Darius Ou: Visual Questionnaire #4

Aesthetic chaos

Editor: Aravin Sandran

On 16 June 2012, Singaporean graphic designer Darius Ou initiated Autotypography, which involved creating a typographic poster every day for the next 365 days. The feat not only required an ease with visual aesthetics but also a sense of discipline and commitment to follow through on the repetitive task each day. The self-initiated project soon became a platform to experiment, practice and document his daily life as a designer through digital illustrative methods. 
Darius Ou, Autotypography, 2012–13, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, 2018

Ou's posters are displayed in their entirety for the first time as part of 'Dissolving margins' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. In this multidisciplinary exhibition that features large-scale installations and experimental performance, Ou's posters are pure visual chaos, transforming four gallery walls into an enormous clashing wallpaper of colours, texts, images, print and digital animations. Here, he offers insight into his obsessions, inspirations and influences through Buro's Visual Questionnaire.

Last Youtube video that made you laugh

Most played song on Spotify right now 

A film that makes you cry 

Cover of the book that you would rescue in a fire

Last meal you would have

Most memorable city you visited

One thing you would bring to a desert island

An artist/designer who inspires you

Signature drink you would order at a bar

Your style icon

The most memorable artwork/performance/exhibition you’ve seen

One artist/performer/designer you would love to collaborate with

Somewhere you wish you could perform/exhibit/sell your craft

Your proudest achievement in your career so far