Brian Gardner asked me five questions related to design and blogs. Here’s the short Q and A session.
What is something that would surprise people about you and design?
Most of what I know about design is self-taught, and since leaving college and uni I’ve learned perhaps a hundred times more than I did when in formal education. I don’t regret my student years, but I’m sure that if I started my businesss sooner I’d be further ahead at this point.
I first found out about blogs less than a year ago, and I’m sure I’ll be involved with them for a long time. It’s amazing what you can pick up relatively quickly.
If you could design one blogger’s site for free, who would it be?
I’m still wet behind the ears where blog design is concerned. My own theme is the only one I’ve built from scratch, so I need practice. When it comes down to it, I’d like to re-design for someone with similar design tastes, although that would mean they already have a clean, minimal blog design. Perhaps it’d make more sense to take a cluttered design and turn it minimal? I don’t know.
What blog platform do you prefer, and why?
WordPress (hosted and self-hosted) is the only one I’ve used, so I’m not too qualified to answer. However, I feel no need to switch to another platform, and the majority of blog authors seem to back me up. If you think differently, I’d love to know what platform you use.
Aside from your own, what is your favourite blog theme?
I reckon Brian asked me this because he knew I’d pick his Vertigo theme (broken link removed, 2014). I used the three column version for four or five months, modifying it along the way. Vertigo served me well — testament to Brian’s skills. Regarding my own layout, I’ll be writing more about it and the process I went through to get here in an upcoming post.
Do you have a blog reading guilty pleasure?
I’ve not had as much time as I’d like for reading other blogs, which is a blogging mistake, I know. I make a point of accessing Google Reader almost every day to see what others are writing about. In my feed reader are people like: Andy with his niche marketing blog, Daniel who provides some top daily blog tips, accomplished graphic designer Mark (broken link removed, 2014), Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Kevin, and about 25 or 30 others.
I like to read blogs where I’m going to learn something, which is why I often take a step back and look at my own posts. Am I teaching or preaching? I’ve nothing against preaching, and I’ve come to consider Armen, the Preacher a good friend.
If anyone else wants to pick up this meme, go ahead. Char at Essential Keystrokes was the first.
Brian, thanks for asking.