Mr. Pinoux is not a name for a wine bottle (Cf. Pinot), but it could be pretty delicious if you take the time to discover him. As it is a French nick name, it should be pronounced Mr. [Pee-noo].
Design for a living - Why?
When I was a kid, I played with my dad’s cameras; I thought it was amazing to be able to freeze time with a picture. Like magic. Now, I've got the toys to play with time & picture and I get to play with it everyday. How awesome is that?
Your style seems to have a variety of influences. Where does it come from?
I started Design as a graffiti artist. It was about creating something unique & spontaneous with a group mentality. I loved "Hip-hop" culture & philosophy. That's how I like to work to this day, everything influences what I do. My journeys, clients, friends, other artists… even tacos.
Do you have any academic training in Design?
Yes, I was immensely lucky to get 1 year intensive programs at each of the great design schools in Paris : ESAG Penninghen, ATEP and EPSAA. Nowadays, thanks to the community of Artists & Designers all around the world, I use extensively online video training.
Your resume is pretty generous, a lot of different things. What is your process?
As Picasso said, "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it". Everyday I'm thrilled that I can learn something new. With all the tools today, it is exciting to be a motion designer! Prior to that, I was lucky to be a DJ in the Alps (FR) & in NYC, a web-designer when Macromedia still owned Flash and finally a sound engineer / Beat maker in Paris. I just love it all too much. I Definitely feel like I don't have enough time in a day.
Last words or free tips you'd like to share with us?
Yes, first of all, thank you for taking the time to read this, I know your time is valuable. As for tips and tricks, you should always brush your teeth, say YES to drugs and don't be so serious about life: nobody gets out alive anyway. But in the meantime, let's go eat some tacos!