I have a treat for you today guys!
I’ve been lucky enough to be in contact with Grant Friedman in recent weeks and he has very kindly given his time to answer a few questions and give us all an insight into his life. Grant has been running Colorburned, a great blog with a mass of resources for designers for over a year now and also has a great deal of experience as both a graphic and interactive designer.
So here goes…
1) If you could start by introducing yourself. How would you describe what it is you do (job role)? How long have you been doing it? What sort of clients have you worked for?
My name is Grant Friedman. I am a graphic designer, author, and blogger. I have been designing for the last 10 years in several different roles. Most recently as a freelance designer but I have also worked for several businesses and organizations.
2) Where did you learn your skills? Did you go the education route or the practical experience route (or a mix of both)?
I would say that I am a mix of both. I took some classes in college but since then I am mostly self-taught.
3) Could you describe to me your typical day?
My day is fairly typical for a freelance designer and blogger. I normally start the day off by checking my email, browsing to my favorite websites, checking Twitter for any interesting information, and checking my website’s statistics for the day. Then I move on to any projects that I am currently working on.
4) How would you describe your design style?
I enjoy working in several styles. I love retro but I also enjoy working in the grunge style as well.
5) Where do you go if you are looking for inspiration?
I find inspiration all over. There is a lot of inspiration on the web but I also tend to look to my surroundings for inspiration as well.
6) What are the initial stages you go through when starting a project? Do you undertake a lot of research or do you dive straight in etc?
Before I begin a project I do a considerable amount of research. It’s very important for me to have a complete understanding of the project, the client, and its competition before I begin. Then I begin working up some sketches or wireframes.
7) Why did you start colourburned and has it proved to be a good decision to do so? What has having your own blog done for you?
I started Colorburned as a means of displaying my portfolio. Since then it has taken an entirely new direction. While you can still find my portfolio on the website it has since become a graphic design blog that specializes in design resources such as Photoshop/Illustrator brushes, textures, patterns, tutorials and more.
8) For anybody thinking about starting their own blog, how many hours a week do you put into creating fresh content? Where do you get your post ideas? How long was the blog running for before it became what you would consider a success?
Colorburned turned 1 year old in May of 2009. Since then it’s become a full-time job. I’ve been very pleased with how things have progressed in terms of readership and traffic but I’ve still got a long way to go before I am ready to call it a success.
9) Finally, do you have any advice to give to anyone looking to begin as a designer?
Never under-value your worth. You may be new to design but don’t ever let some one tell you that because you’re new that you don’t deserve to be compensated.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Grant once more for giving up some of his time to answer my questions. Grant’s a really great guy and I suggest you head over to Colorburned right now and check out his posts