Italian graphic designer and illustrator Andrea Minini creates simple yet striking digital illustrations using the visual allusion of line moiré.
He describes his work as “minimalistic illustrations based on lines”. To create line moiré, a set of lines is superposed on another set of lines, which differ in relative size, angle or spacing to produce curves and straight lines.
The first time Andrea used this effect was an accidental overlaying of patterns of lines – errors are sometimes a resource, he says.
“Sometimes [line moiré] is considered as an error. On the contrary, I think it’s cool. It’s vibrant and always gives surprising and unexpected results.”
Using blend tool in Adobe Illustrator, Andrea created a four-part series called Animals in Moire – with each illustration taking around four or five days to complete.
“It started as an experiment with the blend tool. I’ve always loved it and its potential,” he says.
“The approach is pretty simple and renowned: less is more.”
He chose animals as the subject of the series for two main reasons.
“Firstly, everyone knows animals. Stylising a shape that everyone knows allows me to be more abstract. Secondly, they have beautiful and (obviously) organic shapes,” he says.
But his moiré illustrations are not limited to animal shapes. A recent commission for Progress Profiles required Andrea to create 13 architectural illustrations of renowned buildings around the world in this style.
The creative process for this series was the same as that of Animals in moiré , except architecture is often already synthetic, and therefore simplistic.
“So I find myself trying to apply “less is more” to something which already is “less is more”,” says Andrea.
The freelancer based in Novara, west of Milan, graduated in Design at Politecnico di Milano in 2004. He loves graphic design for its speed.
“Good projects have to be clear and powerful at first sight.”
His work has featured in a variety of settings - in a Hong Kong fashion magazine, an annual financial report for Enel, in shop windows and on festival posters. You can also purchase Andrea’s illustrations as prints or as various products at Juniqe.co.uk.