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Visually Marketplace Designer Spotlight: Mariusz ‘Damage’ Bari


published on December 7, 2012 in Conversations

Visually’s Marketplace connects thousands of designers with clients seeking to commission infographics and data visualizations. In the following weeks, we will feature members of our designer community here, on the blog. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at blog[at]

Mariusz “Damage” Bari was recently selected as one of the winners of the Visually PEJ Economist Challenge for his joint submission with Tablet2Cases.

Name: Mariusz “Damage” Bari
Age: 33
On Visually: planetdamage
In design: 1 year

1. Tell us a bit about yourself: how did you get into design, and how long have you been doing it?

I’ve always been around design, but never actually been in design for a long time – my work was usually focused on music, writing or community management. My love for cyberpunk SF got me into data visualization quite early, though – particularly that one chapter in Neuromancer that begins with how you map data bandwidth in the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis, that kickstarted everything. Well, that and the demoscene. And constantly stalking around Processing. So, I finished my book on cyberpunk and future scenarios in January 2012 and I was like, `I don’t want to touch text for a long time, I have to do something different`. And as I was just planning my moving to London, I thought doing my own infographic CV would be a good start to learn something new, started researching into it.. and I’m probably doing something right if I’m replying to your questions right now.

2. In seven words or less describe your style.

High-contrast minimal collagepunk.

3. If you could take a seminar With One designer or artist, living or dead, who would that be? Why?

Hmm… I’d probably kidnap Ryoji Ikeda for a LONG seminar – I love how he turns massive datasets and mathematical principles into intricate and intriguing, physically explorable designs. I especially love his Datamatics and Test Pattern projects, quite on the verge of cyberpunk. So either him or I’d just mash every IdN designer into one big supercomplex AI and just link with it.

4. Which is your favourite colour? Why?

I’d love to say black because of its high-contrast and elegant nature (and because I’m still a bit of a goth at heart) – but for a contrast, black obviously needs a partner colour. I love black/white/red and I think Frank Miller is also quite guilty for that one. I sort of think these three colours constitute three different sides of one single coin in my head.

5. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in your work and what did you learn from it?

Biggest mistake… not starting graphic design sooner? Seriously, I’m a self-learner and as such I need to employ a hit-and-miss method, quickly assess what works and what doesn’t. And I’m a maximalist – so nothing is just good enough and I’m trying to learn from every flow-breaking glitch that comes from a hardcopy or a client.

6. And your greatest achievement? Tell us about the project you are most proud of in your career till now.

The greatest achievement would definitely be the infographic for the PEJ/Economist Challenge… both because I’m quite proud of its nomination and also because I had to undertake a different work mechanism – I picked a visual style that was not my own (but I liked its cultural references) and also the data set was bigger than the ones I worked with previously – looking forward to make more complex stuff that’ll obviously end up in my portfolio!

7. Who should we feature next in this space?

I’d love to read more on the mindset and the mechanisms of Michell Zappa – I love his stuff!