Today we’d like to introduce the work and thoughts of creative Matus Prochaczka, all the way from Slovakia. His specialties include Industrial Design, 3D Modeling, Illustration, Rhinoceros, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, AutoCad, Corel draw, sketching and pencil pictures. He has also created 3D modeling tutorial for rhinoceros, in case anyone’s interested may directly see it here.
His achievements include 1st , 2nd and 3rd place in 3 of 9 categories at interiormotivesdesign award 2006, he was the finalist at Skoda contest auto snu 2007 and bagged 1st place in 1 category at interiormotivesdesign award 2007. Currently, he is working with Dominic Schindler creations, Austria.
His concepts follows futuristic undertones and he himself is an ardent follower of 3D technologies, now let’s get into the ingenious mind of Matus after a slight jump,
TechieTonics: You were involved with a project for Gillette Midle, the future car composed of and inspirited by parts of Proglide razor, would you please tell us something about it?
Matus: I was contacted by agency, which cooperate on this campaign (contacted probably over coroflot profile). Campaign was running only for Middle East Gillette department and focused to create something that catch attention on gillette facebook page. In general, every person who participates could compose his own car by Gillette Proglide razor parts. My part of project was to create basic look, or goal that could be achieved by good constellation of parts – lets say so. Futuristic car supposed to represent touchable example of morphing razor into vehicle. Use of real parts but with possibility of modification. So as we can see on result – back wing is piece of blades, razors metal body is interpreting into the car and rubber anti-slide fields are attached to sides and so on.
TechieTonics: Rhino, AutoCAD or Inventor, what’s your stake and why?
Matus: Well I can say that AutoCad is not comparable for rest of 2. I haven’t got an opportunity to try Inventor, but looks pretty good, when I saw some tutorials. Hard to choose which one is better, I am on side of Rhinoceros because it’s easy to learn, and I work with since I have started design studies. Modeling is very close but big difference is that one is parametric (Inventor) and other not (Rhinoceros).
Parametric system has also some disadvantages. I realized that sometimes, when I work on real production parts – big advantage is that I can for example modify the wall thickness on very first modeling step and all changes are than applied automatically to final – in Rhinoceros you need to rebuild the part. But if you are skilled is also way. For Inventor votes many other things as real forces simulations, on other side you can get such things also for Rhino as plug ins. So I cannot choose winner, because I haven t tried Inventor, I run on Rhinoceros.
TechieTonics: What according to you is the most important part of the design process and why?
Matus: Design process is very delicate thing. Everyone could feel it different. My process is always to start with sketch with pencil and paper, besides also thinking lot only in head. Imagine of shapes and functions in my brain space. Those concepts are compact as leading picture, so than it needs some 3D shape training to get right look. But sometimes I realize that free modeling and morphing shapes in 3D space is also source of ideas…So all this 3 parts are for me important in process to reach the goal.
TechieTonics: From your perspective, what do you think the 3D technology will be in the next 5 years time?
Matus: 3D technologies are evolving crazy, so I expect more efficiency, speed and workflow. Deal is to choose good programme on beginning, when you start to work with. Must be really flexible and quickly upgrade tools, otherwise you need to learn another programme and for me it’s pretty tough experience. For example, I render all things in 3D Studio Max, so I need to export stuff from Rhino, what is not so big problem – because I see much more options and properties by render tools offer in 3D Max. But, I can not imagine to model anything in 3D Max, because it’s not so technical and precise and its parametric.
TechieTonics: Is your design interest solely rests in 3D designs and tooling machinery designs? Do you have any interests or skills in other areas of design?
Matus: That’s the touch of destiny. I was asked to start in Tooling design sphere, and I am in until now. Of course, time to time I work on transport design projects but only on futuristic concepts. Truth is, pressure of skillful talented designers in car industry is pretty big, but the progress in cars is very slow- compare to machine industry, which is growing very fast in past 8 years. And to be honest when I do something, chances are higher to see the product in market say within, 3-5 month.
TechieTonics: What are your views on this new wave of social media, do you as a designer participate in this wave? Do you think that it can help your career in gaining new grounds and meeting new clients?
Matus: I think has again pluses but minuses as well. I am against this contact boom on facebook, but I appreciate forums like coroflot, where only designers are placing the stuff, people can search one who like – It’s not mixed with all other waves, but I understand that information is now running crazy fast and people could find the right thing much earlier than it was before.
TechieTonics: What are your future plans with respect to your designs, do you have any dream projects? And presently, what are the interesting things that have hooked your attention?
Matus: Yes I have lot of ideas in head, lot of pretty interesting projects – but time is against me. They need to be made in pretty high level and it needs time. I am not anymore in the student age where car concept was done in 2 weeks and it’s was enough…look on Daniel Simon design artwork and you can imagine what time it needs.
TechieTonics: What advice would you like to give to the budding designers?
Matus: I can suggest to not loose time on social web portals with posting comments and work on skills. Spend free time on growing in sketch and 3D modeling sphere. This 2 tools still leads the design industry. I saw many people that call themselves designers but with very limited skills and were not successful by that thing.
TechieTonics: Which future technologies are you excited about?
Matus: I think 3D print could run up to huge dimensions. Now we can produce light plastic prototypes backing the powder, but future can bring production of whole monosolid space frames for cars or aerospace technology. Can you imagine that? No casting, no expensive 3D injection metal forms, no weldings – just one material that can withstand forces, same way like formula 1 carbon aluminium monocock – but made out of one piece by 3D print technology – that would be crazy.
TechieTonics: Steve Jobs or Bill Gates?
Matus: Bill Gates
TechieTonics: Facebook or Google Plus or Twitter?
Matus: Google plus, but none of those things I am fun of. Email ok, But no chats.
TechieTonics: Digital or Hand Sketching?
Matus: Hand sketching, but could be upgraded by digital afterwards.
TechieTonics: Musk’s Hyperloop or World’s fastest trains?
Matus: World fastest train
TechieTonics: Braveheart or Shawshank Redemption?
Matus: Shawshank Redemption
Wow! This surely was a great interview indeed. I’m sure readers must have thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you Matus for taking out time for doing an interview with us, we wish you luck and success for all your coming endeavors.