Teo Georgiev is a Bulgarian illustrator and graphic designer based
in Helsinki, Finland. Through loose shapes and surreal characters,
he explores how storytelling intersects with design, culture, and
In the past, he has worked as a visual designer for IBM Design and as a designer and illustrator for World of Insights. In his time freelancing, he has created work for Converse, InVision, Aino Magazine, and smaller boutique brands and publications. Academically, in 2015 he obtains a BA in Graphic Design from Coventry University (UK) and he is currently pursuing an MA degree in Visual Narrative at Aalto University (Finland).
Teo designed our first artist scented candle line products, the Black Sea and Sea Salt & Orchid candles. He also designed the packaging for both scented candles and square dripless candles.Where were you born/ raised?
I was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.What / who are your main inspirations?
Music used to be a big one, but lately, I've been falling short of following new album releases and immersing myself into discographies of newly discovered bands. Nature is another source of inspiration – mostly through quirky animals and strange organic shapes. I do also enjoy looking at old masters such as Picasso, Matisse, Henry Moore, and others.When you are not working/designing what are you doing?
Honestly, most of the time I'm working or attending university courses, which doesn't speak well for my task planning skills. But if I happen not to be working, I try to read literature or catch up on some good movies.If you can make a new Pantone color what would it look like / be called?
I love beige and yellow colors. I guess it will be something like that and called in an ambiguous way. Dunno, probably "ashes of a llama" or similar? In the end, people will refer to "that yellow", so the actual name won't really matter.