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Artist Series: Rasmus Svensson

Our Art Department asked some of their favorite designers to show us their take on Urban Outfitters by creating a limited edition shirt for us.  Meet the men and women behind the collaboration!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm Rasmus Svensson from southern Sweden. Living in Berlin. Mid-twenties. 

Describe to us the inspiration behind the design you used for your shirt.
“Photoshopping in Dubai.” 

Are you working on anything else at the moment? 
Yes! I am involved in a number of publication projects with artist friends: Administrating the data-haven PWRSHARE.INFO, working on the next issue of the phuturist zeitung PWR PAPER, working on a project involving stone-carving, working on a romantic multimedia-collection called DEEPSTREAM, etc… 

What do you find most challenging about the work you do?
Getting people to give you money to do it. And in general, finding a position in the merciless stream of global post-millennial post-internet culture. 

How did you get started in design?
I got into design through music—making record covers, show posters, stuff like that. 

What was the first thing you created?
Skipping over my pre-pubescent years I'd say it was the cover for a band I had when I was 15 called Chaos Through Programming. It was a printout of the code of a simple program generating random results. 

Where did you go to school? 
I went to school in Sweden and Denmark.

What is a typical weekend like for you? 
As I do not really have a job every day is more or less the same. Work/life balance. Yin/yang. 

Describe your style for us in five words. 
Cutting-edge, serious, team-player, reliable, on-time. 

Who are your five favorite artists
Caspar David Friedrich, John Bauer, April Greimann, Andy Kaufman, and Hakim Bey.

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