What is something that would surprise people about you and design?
I never really intended becoming a designer, to be honest when I went and did a 2 year General Art and Design course when I was 18 I thought I would be a fine artist. At the end of the 2 years I was quite enjoying illustration but still was not sure whether to go in this direction or fine art. One of my tutors said why not consider graphic design, so after taking a look at the graphic design course that’s what I decided to do. What I found really difficult at first was working with type, I was used to working with images, but typography was something new.
If you could design one blogger’s site for free, who would it be?
To be honest at the moment I don’t think I would dare offer to design another blogger’s site (even for free) because I am still learning CSS and wouldn’t want to make something that didn’t work in all browsers 🙂 . However I have been incredibly inspired by Brian Gardner who revealed that in only a year he learned how to code and design beautiful WordPress templates and am determined that I soon will be more confident.
What blog platform do you prefer, and why?
Definitely WordPress, which I only discovered about 6 months ago. I am amazed at its general ease of use and how search engine friendly it is. I did once try blogger.com which I found quite inflexible. I have also dabbled with Drupal and Joomla, both of which I found incredibly complicated to use.
Aside from your own, what is your favorite blog theme/template?
I really like Grid Focus which I think Johno at Redsil has used to great effect. I also like the incredibly popular Vertigo theme by Brian Gardner and Copyblogger theme, which is nice and simple and I think could be easily adapted to great effect.
Do you have a blog-reading guilty pleasure?
I don’t really have a blog reading guilty pleasure, but every now and again I like to read invention websites and blogs (is that bad?).