Believe it not but we've interviewed the guy whose Smashing Books have dispersed the whole Internet.
So if you were going to read another manual or freebie compilation from the Smashing Magazine, but somehow got here, we'd like to offer you this interesting talk between the guy behind Smashing Magazine - Vitaly Friedman, and a brave girl from TemplateMonster team - Stacy.
Enjoy your read.
BTW, when you finally manage to get to the end of this page, you will find a test called "How much of Vitaly Friedman from Smashing Magazine are you?"
Don't forget to share your results in the comments section
or make some funny graphic manipulations using one of his photos 🙂
There is never time unless you choose to dedicate time to something that matters to you.
I’ve been speaking quite a lot, and I do it mostly because of my drive — I need to share, to learn, to explore, to doubt, to double check, to question. I’m very curious, and that’s also why we organize conferences. The initial thought to set up a conference was all about bringing people together, so we can all learn from each other. It hasn’t changed a bit yet.
Obviously financials matter as well, but I treat them as enablers — I would never cut down corners or budgets for saving money (I’m not that good at it at all anyway!) The thing that we create and how we create it, with dedication, with passion, with obsession on quality, is way, way more important for me.
The thing that we create and how we create it, with dedication, with passion, with obsession on quality, is way, way more important to me.
There are too much “neutral” experiences around us today — we do want to delight users, but I feel like we delight them in the same way. In our consultancy work, we always try to make one step more — add a bit of joy in every single step of interaction, with interface copy and visual design. But it’s also important to experiment. Break out of the existing patterns and try something different. It doesn’t mean ignoring what exists, though: take what exists but use it as a boilerplate to build upon, to break it and move to various design directions, to get out of the existing patterns.
It was a personal journey for me since I co-founded the magazine back in the day, and it was a big challenge as for rediscovering the checkout UX, the product pages, the reading of our articles and so many other things. We’ve been very, very busy.
Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility.
Some talks by Vitaly in countries where you have never been 🙂
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