A talk with Jaime Derringer
26.08.20

A talk with Jaime Derringer

Portrait by Jenny Siegwart
Jaime Derringer has an eclectic and restless personality: she founded the web magazine Design Milk, works at Clever podcast and creates colourful paintings inspired by pop culture and Japanese calligraphy. She told us about her passion for design and how it became an actual career, her sources of inspiration and her opinion about the connection between art and design fields.
Jaime Derringer has an eclectic and restless personality: she founded the web magazine Design Milk, works at Clever podcast and creates colourful paintings inspired by pop culture and Japanese calligraphy. She told us about her passion for design and how it became an actual career, her sources of inspiration and her opinion about the connection between art and design fields.
A talk with Jaime Derringer

How did you get passionate about design and when did you come up with the idea of Design Milk?

I was always passionate about architecture, design and art as a child but never pursued it as a career. Instead, I found myself a bored adult with a need for a creative outlet, which was around the time I created Design Milk… in 2006. Additionally, that year, I began drawing and have not stopped creating artwork ever since.

What is the most challenging thing about working on a web magazine?

The most challenging aspect of the magazine are the business and tech aspects of it. I have had to learn a lot about both business and technology in order to help create a more successful and interesting platform. Most of what I’ve learned, I have had to teach to myself. I’m definitely a hands-on learner.

You have a thing for Japanese calligraphy and pop culture, which clearly reflects on your paintings. Does it also influence your approach to design?

I keep my artwork inspiration and personal inspirations separate from the magazine. There are times when there are overlapping trends or themes, but the magazine is now run by a team of people and therefore, my personal taste and interests do not overtly influence it.

A talk with Jaime Derringer
A talk with Jaime Derringer
I often use art as a tool to combat boredom as well as anxiety, stress. Making art allows me to be free from my thoughts and responsibilities for a short period of time.

You work between design, publishing and podcast, as well as creating your own artworks. How do you manage to juggle and keep up with such different activities? Is there one you feel particularly attached to?

I like to keep myself occupied, and so I often use art as a tool to combat boredom as well as anxiety, stress. Making art allows me to be free from my thoughts and responsibilities for a short period of time. However, I’m very passionate about Design Milk and Clever podcast, so many times I don’t even feel like I’m working. Of course, it’s still work… but when you’re excited about doing something, it takes the edge off.

What does it mean being a woman working in the art field nowadays?

I am glad there are more and more women being highlighted in the arts. Women have always been making, drawing, designing, being creative… however it hasn’t been very visible and there is still a long way to go.

Are you working on any new project recently?

Design Milk launched an online shop in 2019, and that has been a large focus of my work this year.

The debate about the connection between art and design is still an ongoing topic among experts and enthusiasts. Do you think these two fields are somehow related?

I believe that an object or a space can be both art and design. Everything is fluid.

A talk with Jaime Derringer

DDo you know Mutina? What strikes you the most about the company?

Yes, I am familiar with Mutina. I have always admired the quality of the products and the list of incredible collaborators.

What is your favorite Mutina collection? Why?

One of my favorite collections is Folded by Raw Edges. I am a big fan of their work and I think this collection exemplifies Raw Edges’ creative and unexpected approach to design.

Is there an emerging designer you would suggest to create a ceramic collection with?

I would love to see you collaborate with Bethan Laura Wood or Camille Walala.

I believe that an object or a space can be both art and design. Everything is fluid.
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