Élise Rigollet is a Paris-based freelance graphic designer working with both studios and clients direct. After receiving her Graphic Design Masters at École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Rigollet interned and lived in different cities like Glasgow and Berlin before eventually returning to Paris in 2019.
“I focus a lot of my time on editorial projects such as books and magazines but I also enjoy creating more digital work like album artworks, branding, and illustrations. I’ve been working mainly in the fields of music, publishing, fashion, and culture.”
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE.
I’d say I like focusing on striking typography, accompanied by a minimalist and structured layout. My style is also inspired by my love for printmaking. Whether it be through Risograph, lithography, silkscreen printing, I’ve been drawn to those grainy textures for a long time. I love bringing those into my more digital commissions, and the juxtaposition of those two universes. Usually, inspiration comes from things I see outside and that spark an idea of how to distort and modify them. Lately I’ve been really inspired by colors from the 70’s, but I think overall my work is influenced by a mix of different eras.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH A NEW ARTWORK?
It really depends on what kind of project it is. For branding, books, and generally longer projects, quite a bit of research is required to find a design direction that makes sense for the client. For posters for example, with a quicker turnaround, I’m usually more spontaneous and will start directly playing with typography and imagery.
THROUGH THE COLLECTIVE RISO SUR MER YOU’VE COLLABORATED ON A ZINE. TELL US ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE, WHAT YOUR INSPIRATIONS ARE AND HOW THE ZINE IS DESIGNED.
I founded Riso Sur Mer with friends from Glasgow and Paris in 2018, as a way for us to collaborate on personal printmaking projects, all based around the Risograph printing technique. We’ve made a few publications and zines, and our last one titled Rivages came out a few months ago. It’s 40 pages publication, printed in 4 Risograph colors, and is a collection of portraits through drawing, textures and found images. All five of us created a chapter, and then printed it at Studio Fidèle in Paris. We usually go to quite a few fairs a year to share our work, but with Covid most of the book and zine festivals have been postponed so we still have to do a proper IRL launch.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGNS FOR MIQUELA.
This was one of my first bigger projects, and I love working on it, as the art director and I shared similar references. I also commissioned Jacob Wise for the custom lettering that was used on the singles. I think Miquela is the first of many more of her kind to come. I realize that there’s a lot of controversy around her, but I think she’s very interesting.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I’m currently designing a visual identity and art directing a new brand, which I’m really excited about. Hopefully, it will launch at the end of this year. With one of the design studios I sometimes work for, we’re also putting the finishing touches on a photography book where we went all out on the production and materials, and I can’t wait to hold it.