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Born into a family with a strong inclination towards the arts, I developed a flair for creativity from an early age. I was still in high school when I discovered a passion for graphic design, cinema and photography and I was not even sixteen when I began training as a photographer’s assistant. The experience gave me a great initial insight into the world of advertising and I began to create layouts and illustrations for various communication agencies. In the meantime, I continued my studies and a few years later I graduated in Set Design from the Academy of Fine Arts. My desire to explore the endless possibilities offered by graphic design programs like Painter, Illustrator and Photoshop has inspired me to experiment and grow as a graphic designer, never forgetting my early passion for free-hand drawing. Working for leading Italian, European, American and Japanese companies, I have been given the chance to advance professionally and to switch from creating illustrations to storyboarding, concept designing, toy designing, brand designing, UI designing, art direction and creative direction. I’m ambitious, determined and flexible, always eager to learn, unafraid to offer and receive suggestions. These traits drive me through a constant self-discovery, in search of new forms of creative expression. Always.
Some of the brands I’ve worked for:
Nowadays, giving shape to ideas and translating them into images has become increasingly important. Videos represent one of the most appreciated forms of creative expression. Having good visual skills, experience in directing videos, camera movement knowledge and production techniques is a crucial added value. Once the concept has taken shape, the ability to coordinate people and tools through an accurate preproduction phase is essential. Transversal thinking is a key factor to obtain fast and effective results. The Portfolio Reel below shows some of the videos I have directed and storyboarded, from music videos, commercials and animations to corporate and UI design. I have also done the soundtrack.
Duplicity is an art book with more than 100 pictures, including illustrations, drawings, photos, graphic images and unfiltered thoughts. The book is proposed as a reflection on the ambivalences that lie at the bases of its creation: being a designer to make a living or living to be a designer? An introspective journey: a series of graphic images that, though obtained with the use of different techniques (pencil, felt-tip pens, photo editing, vectors), have followed the same inner path, drawing on a state of mind, to give shape and color to a sensation or a feeling, always in search of stylistic fullness and the perfect trait that can express the emotional intensity of being ambivalent. Love/hate, black/white, good/evil, clean/dirty: Duplicity does not have half measures; it is an art book with no masks or rules, free to express emotions without any fears of being judged, if not as a book in itself. An accurate starting point to reflect and do further research.
I believe that, if you’ve got something to say, you have to find the best way to communicate it; creativity allows you to reach every goal, whether it’s music or design. The only thing that matters is the idea and Switched-on Ben Dover truly represents my idea of music. It is a mix of sounds and sensations derived from my varied musical interests, spanning from Jazz to electronic music, through classical music and everything in between. Indeed, my taste in music is extremely wide and varied. I listen to Kraftwerk, Moroder, Matthew Herbert, Kerry Chandler, Trentemøller, Walter Carlos, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock, to name a few. Ben Dover gathers different sounds, as a result of all these influences. Each of the 11 tracks in the CD is a unique and soulful blend of different genres and sounds, obtained through the use of technology, that will take the listener on an emotional journey. The record features collaborations with important Italian jazz musicians (Gianluca Caporale, Paolo Di Sabatino, Mauro De Federicis), who enhance a strongly characterized electronic component with their virtuosity.
This is a cover version of a popular song from 1975, sung by Betty Wright, whose arrangement has been completely revised. The typical rhythmic groove of the ‘70s has been preserved, but the addition of electronic elements makes this powerful soul song an extremely modern track. The track is now available on Beatport, iTunes and Junodowload. You can also use Spotify to listen to it.
Vocal Helen Tasker
Sax Gianluca Caporale
Bass Daniele Mencarelli
Drums Glauco Di Sabatino
Ben Dover Where is the Love (Original Mix)
(H. W. Casey - R. Finch - W. Clarke - B. Wright) (P) 1975 Alston Records arr. L. Di Sabatino
Ben Dover Where is the Love (Daviddance Club Mix)
Ben Dover Where Is The Love (Project 99 Electromix)