Menu Search
Jump to the content X X
The Smashing Book #5

We use ad-blockers as well, you know. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. new Smashing Book 5 features smart responsive design techniques and patterns.

Posts Tagged ‘Interviews’.

We are pleased to present below all posts tagged with ‘Interviews’.

Ask the Expert – Design Discussion with James White

Ask the Expert is a popular series here on Design Informer. "design discussion" is the theme for this interview. The renowned designer, James White is this week's expert.

James White is a graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His personal art and design ambitions has landed him in many worldwide creative publications such as Computer Arts magazine, Computer Arts Projects, Advanced Photoshop magazine, Wired UK and the spanish DT Platinum magazine where he was included in their ‘21 People of the Century’ article. Additionally, James was also named as the Best Visual Artist in The Coast’s ‘Best of Halifax 2009’ readers poll.

Read more...

Ask the Expert: Typography Talk with Brian Hoff

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. For this week's theme, we will be talking about typography. Brian Hoff is this week's expert.

Brian is a graphic designer from the always-sunny Philadelphia. He collaborates mostly on corporate identity and branding, but is also experienced in building all kinds of quality, strategic design, both in print and on the web.

In addition to his design services, he also writes for the popular graphic design and creative business blog, The Design Cubicle. The blog not only teaches, inspires and helps other designers, but also focuses on client education and design awareness, while showcasing his work, creative processes, and personal practices.

Read more...

Ask the Expert – Using WordPress to Build Large Scale Websites with Derek Herman

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. Building large scale websites with Wordpress is the theme for this week. Derek Herman of Envato is this week's expert.

Derek Herman is a 28 year old web developer residing in Portland, Oregon. He started Valen Designs in 2006 while still in college and working as a graphic artist.He is an experienced UI designer and becoming more and more of an established backend developer with each day that passes. He is also a web developer at Envato and he was also in charge of building out the network of websites that we all visit daily, the Tuts+ Network.

Read more...

Ask the Expert – Maintaining Multiple Websites with Nick La

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. Maintaining multiple websites is the theme for this week. Nick La is this week's expert.

Nick La is a Toronto based freelance illustrator and web designer. His main focuses are designing stock icons, illustrations, and beautiful CSS websites. Nick's work has been featured in many online portals and design publications such as: Computer Arts, Web Designer Magazine, Practical Web Design (.Net magazine), DIGIT, and Web Design Index.

Read more...

Ask the Expert: Designing a Logo with David Airey

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. Designing a logo is the theme for this week. David Airey is this week's expert.

David Airey is a brand identity designer and consultant. He creates visual identities for companies of all sizes, from Yellow Pages to one-person start-ups. He has helped clients in Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, England, the United States, and many other locations across the globe.

Read more...

The Favorite Colors of Our Favorite Designers

Using the right color is very important to any design. It can literally make or break your design. While there are a lot of good colors and color combinations to use when designing, we often tend to stick with our favorite color(s).

I wanted to find out from the top web designers what their favorite colors were so I contacted these 10 awesome designers and asked them the following question.

Read more...

Ask the Expert – Starting a Design Blog with Grant Friedman of Colorburned

Ask the Expert is a new series here on Design Informer. Every two weeks, we will ask an expert about a special topic in regards to web design, graphic design, technology, and development. Starting a Design Blog is the current theme. Our expert for this topic is Grant Friedman from Colorburned.

Grant Friedman is a designer, author, and blogger. In addition to being the founder of the popular blog, Colorburned, he is also an interactive and graphic designer with 10 years of experience.

Read more...

Looking Back On 2008 With Top Web Designers

The start of a new year is often a time of reflection on the past year, both personally and professionally, as well as a time to look forward to the year ahead. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to do a New Year's group interview with a number of top designers and developers. We put together a big list of questions and posed two in particular to each of the participants.

Level 2 Design

We think you'll enjoy the insight this panel provides into 2008 and 2009. There's a wide variety of topics covered, including favorite resources, trend predictions, business lessons learned, upcoming events for 2009 and more. Let's take a look at a large group interview with top web designers that takes a look back on 2008 and presents some predictions for the year 2009.

Read more...

50 Designers x 6 Questions

Some months ago we’ve selected 50 prominent designers and design companies, contacted them and asked to answer five design-related questions, sharing their knowledge and experience with fellows developers. 35 designers have responded then. For each of 5 questions we've received 5 precise answers. The result was 35x5 professional ideas from some of the leading web-developers all around the world. Good news — planning the celebration of our 1st anniversary, we've decided to do some more math. We've selected 6 questions, which main purpose was to give fellows designers more insights in practice, and in the experience prominent designers gained during their work over the last 5-10 years. So this time we wanted it to be not about useful coding suggestions or clever CSS-techniques, but about the practical knowledge and personal experience developers would share with us and our readers. What are the things you should know before starting designing / programming? What things should you be aware of? How to get your project done? In fact, we wanted to take a close look at some practical answers to these questions - from the worlds' best designers.

First Three Questions

Since we've received many answers, we've decided to divide the article in two parts; as you might suggest, each part will cover designers' answers to three (out of six) questions. Here are the first three questions we've asked. As in the first survey, one single text line would have sufficed.
  • What is one typical myth about web-development (which is not true)?
  • What is one bulletproof method to get over creativity block?
  • What is one thing you wish you knew before you've started programming/designing/... ?

50 Designers x 3 Questions

In August we've contacted over 70 renowned designers, and asked them even more — six — questions. 65 of them agreed on answering the questions in time, however not all of them managed to send the answers till the deadline. This time over 50 world leading designers, developers and experts have participated, however, not everybody answered all six questions. So the result is ca. 300 professional suggestions and facts one can learn only from his/her own experience. We'd like to thank all designers and developers who participated in our survey and/or were willing to take part it. Among them are Eric Meyer, Shaun Inman, Veerle Pieters, Carole Guevin (Netdiver), Jakob Nielsen, Patrick Griffiths (HTMLDog), Oliver Reichenstein (Informationarchitects.jp), Meryl K. Evans, D. Keith Robinson, Jonathan Snook, Jina Bolton, Daniel Mall, Cameron Adams, Andy Rutledge, Carolyn Wood (Digital Web Magazine), Andy Peatling, Andy Budd, Christian Montoya, Garrett Dimon, Jason Beaird, Luke Wroblewski, Mike Davidson, Richard Rutter, Dan Rubin, Matt Brett, Paul Boag, Roger Johansson, Russ Weakley, Mark Boulton, Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain and many more.
35x5: Reloaded
Thank you!
  • Please feel free to post your own ideas, suggestions and tips in the comments. Share your knowledge with fellows developers!
So, let's move to the answers, shall we? Read more...

35 Designers x 5 Questions

35 designers. 5 questions. 5 precise answers. Result: 175 professional suggestions, tips and ideas from some of the best web-developers all around the world. In March we've selected over 35 prominent designers and design companies, contacted them and asked to answer five design-related questions, sharing their knowledge and experience with fellows developers. Here on Smashing Magazine.

35x5

We've asked five questions. One single text line would have sufficed.

  • 1 aspect of design you give the highest priority to.
  • 1 most useful CSS-technique you use very often.
  • 1 font you use in your projects very often.
  • 1 design-related book you highly recommend to read.
  • 1 design magazine you read on a daily/weekly basis (online or offline).

In the end we've received more answers than we expected. The results - over 80 CSS-based tips, design ideas, suggestions, fonts, design-related books and online-magazines - are listed below. It's interesting to know, how designers work their magic. It's interesting to know what you can actually learn from them.

Read more...

↑ Back to top