Posts Tagged ‘Q&A’

A Closer Look With Paul Robson

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Castle based graphic designer, illustrator & typographer Paul Robson (aka Muro) about his creative process and the importance of a personal website. 

How long have you been designing?
Not sure if you’re allowed to call yourself a Graphic Designer until you start actually making money from it, but taking away five years of study it will be about thirteen years.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so? 
Currently my personal work differs massively from my professional work, this is good for me because it keeps what I do as a designer nicely balanced and never mundane. I used to be 100% graphic design within big design/ad agencies but I found these environments too mechanical with no true passion and only concern about what the client wants that day and not what a talented designer could actually produce to help the client beyond expectation. My personal work is simply a style that has developed from a passion for type, simplicity and very little time to produce it. Luckily for me this is the style of graphic design I like. I always say just keep it simple.

What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
The simple answer would be show what you’re best at but I suppose it depends why you have the website online in the first place. My own started out as a way of getting work so I started by presenting a good mix of design work which showed what I was capable of as a designer in order to get the right kind of job. I guess the two most important aspects of design that you should demonstrate are firstly a good idea and secondly the execution of that idea. Now that I have found work, my site is just a bit of fun, it doubles up as a very handy archive of my work where I place the odd bit of work that I am proud of. Generally it’s worth spending time ironing out little glitches/typos and don’t overload your site, my current Prosite is the best of my work from my main Behance site as too much work has built up on there over the years to be looked at in one go, so it works out quite well having the two.



What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Talent, respect, a good idea and good coffee.

 What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
I guess I’m proud of all the work I produce, but I soon get sick of looking at it, so I will have to go with a very recent project where I got to combine my personal work with professional. I don’t always get the opportunity to do this so I was really happy with the end product. The project was called Look Into My Eyes, which was an exploratory interactive design project that explored daily decision making during diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

To see more of Paul’s work or to get in touch, please visit his ProSite 

Seeing vs. Looking with Jennifer Wijaya

We recently chatted with San Fransisco-based ProSite user and student Jennifer Wijaya about creating her website and solving problems with design.

How long have you been designing?
I officially enrolled into the graphic design program at Academy of Art University back in spring 2007. So, it has been around 5 1/2 years that I’ve been designing professionally.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Yes, to a certain extent. Personal projects tends to be a lot more flexible — meaning the constraints that you would face in real (professional) work is not too big of a concern, whereas in professional (real world) work, you tend to have to cater to what the client wants. But, with both, I always try to be objective as to what the goal of the project is. In the end, a good design should solve problem(s).

Why did you decide to create a ProSite with a quote as the landing page and hidden project covers that only appear in rollover state?
This website was an extension of my final portfolio piece and the idea behind my portfolio is seeing vs. looking. So that idea was the reason why I created the ProSite with a quote and a hidden project cover underneath it — so people have to actually look for what they came into my website in the first place.


Please describe how you designed your ProSite (how you made it look and function the way it does):
First, I figured out the overall dimension of the page, and then I figured out the dimension of each of the bars, and basically just creating different parts for the quote and project covers, cropped it in a way so that when they’re live, they would look seamless.

How do you make your ideas happen?
Just do it. You have ideas, flush it out.

What are some projects you hope to work on in the future/ clients you hope to work with?
I just graduated recently, so I’m really up for anything!

To see more of Jennifer’s work or to get in touch, please visit jenniferwijaya.com.