Benja Har­ney

Style Mag­a­zine chats to glob­ally renowned pa­per en­gi­neer Benja Har­ney while he vis­its Toowoomba

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How did you dis­cover your pas­sion for pa­per?

Dur­ing my course in graphic de­sign we had a very rudi­men­tary class in pa­per con­struc­tion and I was pretty much hooked on pa­per straight away. I was ex­cited by the idea that tan­gi­ble ob­jects could form part of the new emerg­ing de­sign lan­guage at that time.

Have you got any ac­cred­i­ta­tions or are you purely self-taught?

I am an ac­cred­ited graphic de­signer but you can’t re­ally study pa­per en­gi­neer­ing at col­lege so I re­alised that if I was to make this my ca­reer, I would have to teach my­self. I set about learn­ing as much as I could and took ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I had to fur­ther my skills. My stud­ies in graphic de­sign gave me a solid base to start from.

What is it that you en­joy most about your job?

I en­joy the cre­ative as­pect of it. No two jobs are ever the same. There is a large amount of prob­lem solv­ing in what we do too so I try and ap­proach each new project from a dif­fer­ent an­gle.

What is your most es­sen­tial tool for your work?

Cre­ativ­ity, drive, cu­rios­ity, de­ter­mi­na­tion!

What is your favourite project?

I have been lucky enough to work with some of the big­gest com­pa­nies around the globe. My big­gest high­light to date would have to be cre­at­ing the graph­ics for last year’s New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion for Syd­ney. To see our work all over the city and pro­jected up on the Har­bour Bridge with the eyes of the world on it was some­thing that will be hard to top.

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