CLEO Hot Bachelors 2018: Akmal Khairie

Akmal Khairie, 27, Digital Designer

Akmal’s a full-time digital designer who’s extremely obsessed with everything about the ’90s, including fashion, design and music. He loves going to flea markets and thrift shopping on weekends to hunt for vintage gems. Other days, you’ll see him laughing at memes. Even if it’s a Monday morning.

Dream company to design for?

Nike. The hype surrounding the brand, its designs and community is always the most talked about and Nike Ten, Virgil Abloh’s collaboration with Nike, was undeniably the most raved about collection of 2017.

I really like Yu Nagaba’s minimal and simple-lined drawings; Theseus Chan, for his designs are crazy cool and he self-published a new wave magazine that is completely unconventional.

– Akmal on the person he looks up to.

If you could play any instrument, what would you play? Why?

I’d probably be a DJ or producer. I would probably throw on some lo-fi jazz hip hop song, like J Dilla.

What was your favourite Saturday morning cartoon growing up?

I had a sad childhood though. The one day around this year, me and my colleagues play a game called, “How well do you know your brand” so we divided to three teams and I was the first person to pick the card – my team needed to guess what’s the brand behind the card, and you need to hum, sketch and explain. I actually got Pokemon and it said I needed to hum it, and I can’t even hum Pokemon sounds, I went like “Hmm Hmm Hmm” HAHAHA, it’s hilarious because I don’t even watch and not to know Pokemon. I have a few faves too, it was Tom & Jerry, Scooby Doo, Ninja Turtles, Dragon Ball, Power Rangers.

Do you have any pet peeves? Briefly tell us about them.

Yeah, I hate it when someone uses my stuff without even telling me or asking my permission first.

What are some of the little things you appreciate about your life? Why?

OMG, I love to say this when brief rolls in at 4pm and due date by EOD like “you can’t rush art”. I appreciate art.

In what, do you wish you were an expert?

I want to be an expert in creating memes. Nothing cracks me up more at Monday morning meetings than the Instagram account, I usually open the account handle called DABMOM on Instagram in Mondays morning meetings and giggle.

How can someone win a gold star with you?

Be with me for Netflix and chill.

What energizes you and brings you excitement? Give us an example.

I remembered this one line from Red Forman on That 70’s show when he outlined what makes a person responsible like “Responsible people don’t go around getting their nipples twisted.” That had me so gone.

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