Astrid Stavro, OK
We ask the world’s top designers and illustrators to answer 13 questions and create a visual response to one of their choice.


Astrid Stavro is creative director of Atlas, a brand and design consultancy working from offices in New York and Mallorca. We’re longtime admirers of the studio’s smart, beautiful work, and Stavro’s own attitude towards “designing with soul.” Do yourself a favor and follow Atlas on Instagram @design_by_atlas.

Describe what you do in four words or less: Work my arse off.

When did you know you wanted to be a designer? In my father’s printing press in Trieste, Italy.

If you weren’t a designer, you’d be: Jacques Cousteau.

The typeface you love/hate/love to hate: I currently love Untitled Sans and Untitled Serif designed by Kris Sowersby of Klim Type Foundry.

Your dream design (or redesign) project is: Rewriting the history of mankind. Some chapters need major redesigning.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received (and who said it)? “Listen.” —my father

The quality in others you most admire is: Honesty.

You’re secretly really good at: Catching flies with chopsticks.

The biggest design cliché right now is: “Design Thinking.”

What keeps you awake at night? Donald Trump.

What contribution will you make to the creative community in the next 10 years? Something meaningful.

What question are you dying to answer that we haven’t asked? To be, or not to be?”

What’s the answer? That is the question.

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