9 Questions with Achu Fones, Designer
Creativity is at the heart and soul of everything we do at kyu, and we are extremely fortunate to have the most creative minds as part of our collective.
To get to know the creatives in our community better – what makes them tick, where they draw their inspiration from, what they bring to their work – “9 Questions” is a regular series profiling their art and work.
What’s your design inspiration?
What most inspires me is to work as a team. In New York I have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world. That helps me a lot to grow and think widely. It is similar to what I felt at my public university in Argentina (Fadu: Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo), where we shared classrooms of hundreds of people from all over the country from totally different backgrounds. It is amazing to see the range of production you can get with the same assignment.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I received a nice life advice from my sister Vicky: “Happy goes lucky.” I also received memorable professional advice from a boss/friend I had: To challenge myself every day and feel I am behind in order to keep on moving constantly.
What’s one city you’d be happy to get lost in?
Berlin. I was there only for 6 days. It was not enough to know and learn everything about this great city, with so much recent history everywhere.
What was your first job?
After high school, while I was studying, I worked as a receptionist at my mom’s office. She was developing Pilates machines.
Which project was the toughest but also the most rewarding?
A project that I did in my last year of university. We presented a case to improve the system of public hospitals in Argentina. We picked one specific area in Buenos Aires and did challenging research. It was hard for us to emerge in that tough sector, but really rewarding to get the opportunity to do that project. We also got a very good grade!
What TV show have you recently binged?
The Jinx. Amazing finale. Reality goes beyond fiction.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Perseverant, energetic, happy
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity for me means to believe in the power of nature, in myself and to leave behind every negative thought and barrier that can stop the process.
Who do you most look up to?
My mother’s husband. He taught me to be perseverant in sports, and that helped me to translate it to other aspects of my life.