Interview with Vallée Duhamel
Vallée Duhamel is a studio started by Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel. Since 2013, they've been putting together some of the most playful and innovative design out there. A lot of their work combines the two principles of lo-fi and high-quality. It's an experimental approach, incredibly creative, sometimes a little mind-bending, but always, above all, very fun. The two, who are based in frosty Montreal, were nice enough to take time out of their busy schedule to chat with us.
What have been the major milestones in your career?
When we decided to quit our job at 24 y.o. and go freelance. That was scary as shit but turned out the best move ever.
How do you feel about creativity in the educational system?
Here in Quebec art is a major part of the educational system, and is valued, so we are lucky I guess. At a very young age, kids learn a lot about music, visual arts, art history, dancing. The government even refund the cost of classes done outside school hours. This type of openness toward creativity should be encouraged and integrated in other disciplines. More and more teachers lean toward more project-based education, that let each kids develop the skills they feel right for them. This type of education is creative because kids learn to love learning instead of learning to be good during tests. I love that, this type of creative, exciting way to learn should definitely be more used in schools.
- — When you were 7, what did you want to become when you grow up, and why?
1. How much of your day do you spend working? Around 6 to 10.
2. Where is your ideal work environment? Our studio in Montreal.
3. What do you hope to get across with your work? Some joy.
4. What inspires you? Sunny days.
5. What's the secret to a successful day's work? Don’t look at your emails too much.
6. Is there anything in your life that you can't live without? Food and water.
7. Is there anything about you that people might not know? We are not 17 years old.
8. What would be your dream project? A short film we are working on.
9. What is the most time-consuming aspect of your work? Looking at emails.
10. What legacy would you like to leave behind? Joy, fun, and attention to details.