Esperanto: Interviews of creatives from all around the world

I’ve always been dreaming about travelling the world and explore different countries. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve also dreamed about having a good and fulfilling career. My two dreams have been fighting with each other quite a lot.

I recently made one of the hardest decisions of my life: exploring the world for the entire year of 2018.

I want to see what it’s like to go on an adventure. I want to learn about new cultures, meet new people, and learn about myself along the way. I’m not really a backpacker kind of guy, but I wanted to take on a new and exciting challenge.

It goes without saying that it was a tough decision to make. I had to leave behind a happy and comfortable life, put on hold a job that I love, and say goodbye to friends and family.

Even if this adventure already seems crazy, I wanted to make something special that could bring my two passions for design and travel together. That’s why I decided to create the Esperanto project.

Esperanto is a year long journey that put the spotlight on talented creatives from all over the world.

Hopefully, I’m gonna meet up with one creative for each country I’m exploring. I’ll ask them about their story, their job, and the design industry in their country in order to later create a website with one article per designer.

Why do you call it Esperanto, you weirdo?

Glad you asked! Esperanto is a language created by L. L. Zamenhof in the late 1870s with the goal of becoming the general world language. In fact, with this project, I want to show that we all speak the same language when it comes to design. I want to prove that everyone has an interesting story to tell wherever they come from. I want to show that we have more similarities that bring us together than differences that pull us apart. I want to put the spotlight on talents and design industries that are sometimes not well represented.

You know the best thing? It already started

I already met up with creatives in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Lahesh Kavinda in Colombo, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
Tintin in Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭
Sophal Neak in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭
Tuan Lee in Hô Chi Minh, Vietnam 🇻🇳
Yuan Feng in Beijing, China 🇨🇳
Mikiko Kikuoka in Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵
Alfrey Davilla in Surabaya, Indonesia 🇮🇩
Marco Palmieri in Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺
David Kirschberg in Auckland, New Zealand 🇳🇿
Alejandra Molano in Bogota, Colombia 🇨🇴
Zero Morales in Mexico City, Mexico 🇲🇽
Paola Bautista in Lima, Peru 🇵🇪
Mathew Prada in La Paz, Bolivia 🇧🇴
Julia Albuquerque in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 🇧🇷
Maria Vargas in Buenos Aires, Argentina 🇦🇷
Valentina Corral in Santiago, Chile🇨🇱

Do you want to be part of this project? This is a call for candidates

Don’t be shy and reach out at hello@esperanto.design (or via DM on Twitter if you’re too cool to send mail).

Tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from, what you do, and what motivates you on a daily basis. Be honest and raw. It’s gonna be a friendly chat about YOU and design-related stuff, not a job interview at all. We both here to learn from each other and get inspired.

My (flexible) itinerary for 2018 :

Sri Lanka (January), Thailand (February), Cambodia (early March), Vietnam (late March) , China (April), Japan (May), Indonesia (late May), Australia (June), New Zealand (July), Colombia (early August), Mexico (mid-August), Peru (September), Bolivia (early October), Brazil (mid-October), Argentina (November), and Chile (December).

Quite a ride, right?

I would like to connect with people outside of my current network so please share this article. I’m looking forward meeting all of you!

Photo by Troy Stains

Bonus: Here are some photos from my trip so far. Follow me on Instagram if you want to go on a world trip with me!