My name is Nick Logan, my hometown would be Rotorua in the North Island of New Zealand. My family immigrated from South Africa to NZ when I was about 10 years old, the year was 1989, 5 years before the end of apartheid.
I am living in Melbourne, I have been living in Australia for 10 years.
My background / occupation has been in the design industry. I have practiced as an industrial designer and graphic designer over the years.
Some of my book covers can be seen at:
I am no longer designing book covers, it was fun but I ran out of time.
My day to day is designing stands for a point of sale company called concept forum. Most of my work involves doing industrial design work. Heres a metal sculpture I designed for the state library of victoria:
My most recent concept pack that I completed for work can be downloaded from:
Heres a summary of the Transcultural Aesthetic Technology Sheet:
I prefer 2D as I feel 3D is often used the wrong way. Monumental doesn’t appeal to me, I like working within A4 drawings as it requires the use of appropriate detail. I also like working to human scale. I love all materials as they each offer amazing opportunities. I find myself torn between realistic and mimetic as I love the beauty of reality but also the idea of altering it.
My favorite colour is green
What I think of the colour blue…
Well after reading Redeeming Indigo by Taussig I have a new appreciation for the colour blue. The most surprising thing I found when trying to find photos of myself was that while I say my favourite colour is green, I seem to wear blue a lot. Maybe its a cultural thing, maybe its because blue is my wifes favorited colour… I personally don’t have a lot invested in the colour blue, to me it seems that I would have the same personal connection to blue as I do any other colour.
What three cultural values are important to me:
Culture of migration: respecting differences in culture
Culture of mixed faith marriage: respecting others religious beliefs
Unsure of the origin but I value truth over my public perception of self. In other words I prefer to tell the truth rather than to save face.
The above picture is of my son Zekes blue eyes. When I think of blue eyes I almost always think of my sisters blue eyes, which are really bright and sparkly. However my new world is my direct family, my sons eyes arn't quite as blue - but what do you do!
This is the lake (almost) in which I grew up, its name is Lake Okareka, 15min outside of Rotorua. I spent plenty of time swimming and relaxing in and around it. I love the blue/green of the water. I love the connotation of blue with water and water with floating - some sort of super relaxed space. The blue of the sky also makes me aware of the scientific reason why the sky is blue, which still seems complicated in its answer.
I know this image isn't particularly warm and friendly. In fact is more cold and isolating. For me culturally blue, or having the 'blues' is about feeling isolated and linked with depression.
This logo by luck was blue. When you talk to identify people, corporate blue brings in trust etc, for me this blue logo signifies my strong connection with technology as a child.
I like these little blue guys, the TV episodes captured my attention as a youth. Later on in life I love how they are drawn, the thinness and thickness of the lines, and how the lines form helps articulate the objects form.