Meet 99designer, Fattah Setiawan

Fattah Setiawan is incredible logo designer who caught our attention after winning 99designs’ poster contest — obviously he rocks at poster design too.

His passion for design started when he created his first logo for his band, “Merrygoround.” Get to know him and enjoy his work!

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Name: Fattah Setiawan
Location: Indonesia
99designs handle: Fattah Setiawan

How did you get started in design?

It started with music. Most of my interest came from the graphic design of underground bands and the independent music scene.

I get so inspired when I looked at music CD covers, T-shirts, posters and merchandise. My first design was for my own emocore band, “Merrygoround.” I am an autodidact learner in graphic design.

Fun fact, my educational background is Public Administration :). First stage of my career, I started working in a local advertising bureau and since then, my design skills have only developed.

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Are there any other mediums or forms of art that you like to work in?

Personally, I really love freestyle drawing or doodling. This is one of my freestyle designs:

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How do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration mostly comes from simple things. I am always thinking about how to get back to the function of products. Some designers put more weight on the aesthetics of design and tend to forget the main purpose of design, i.e. its function.

When trying to be inspired, I prefer to stay away from the crowd — I always like being alone. Just me, my laptop and internet. After I get some basic ideas, I started to execute and SKETCH!

I don’t believe you always have to use pencil and paper when sketching. Sometimes I feel more comfortable using the bezier tool in CorelDRAW. After that, I pick my best concept and finish it until the last detail is done.

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What led you to start using 99designs?

I started using 99designs based on the information from a discussion board on an internet forum. Fortunately, it has changed my life.

I’m free to choose a project based on my interest and learn from so many talented designers all over the world — it is never a boring experience. For me, it is all about learning and money is a bonus in the process.

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What are the three most important things that designers can do to have success at 99designs?

  1. Choose the right contest. It doesn’t mean you have to choose based on your expertise. Leave your comfort zone. Challenge yourself!
  2. Diligence. Bring a lot of ideas and enthusiasm!
  3. Communication. For some designers, language has become a critical challenge especially for designers from non-English speaking country. But I do believe that design is an universal language. “Please” and “thank you” are simple keywords that can help you better communicate.
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Why do you think design is important?

Every single thing needs to be designed to work. Aesthetics is just a tool to extend the function but usually it becomes the ultimate differentiator.

How do you see the field of graphic design changing in the next few years?

Design will be grow in an unpredictable direction — what we think is bad today could become the trend the next.

I am pretty sure web and user-interface design will be heading to a golden era in the next few years.

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Describe your hometown. Do your surroundings impact your design style?

I live in Malang, a beautiful small town in Indonesia. The peaceful atmosphere of my town helps keep me focused on my projects.

Majority of my work gets finished in my small office studio in uptown. I have a solid team named ORKHA Creatives that make my work a lot easier. I try my best not to work at home so I can focus on my beloved wife and daughter.

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Is there anything else you’d like to add? Now is the time to tell us.

I work full-time for a plantation group as a Creative Attendance, but I often get lost into projects on 99designs to enhance my skill and knowledge.

The author

Allison S. Gremillion
Allison S. Gremillion

Based in San Francisco, Allison (Alli) Stuart works as Head of Community Marketing at 99designs. When she's not writing articles and communicating with designers, she is working on her Children's Book. She also enjoys extreme sports, like sky diving and traveling to new places. Alli has a Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University, her home. Geaux Tigers!

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