Five questions with Andy Sowards
So who’s Andy Sowards
So who’s Andy Sowards? He’s a freelance web designer, prolific twitterer and the selfless provider of the Web Development Nerdy Daily Links; a huge collection of links, tips, resources, tutorials and inspiration that he collects and shares with web designers the world over, every day. Andy recently took time out from providing innovative and extremely high quality custom Web 2.0 sites, Web Applications, e-Commerce Solutions and WordPress Blogs (and posting on twitter) to answer five questions for the Web Designer magazine blog. Thanks Andy.
1) Describe yourself in five words?
I’m a Funny, Ambitious, Dedicated, and Fearless Creative
2) Which design tool makes the biggest contribution to your creative output and why?
Photoshop, hands down. It is probably the very first Adobe product I ever learned, and probably one of the most used ones still to this day. Photoshop can easily and effectively create a beautiful Graphic Design, Print Design or help me to layout pages and web app interfaces so I can quickly judge what is going to work, and what isn’t without having to waste a lot of time actually developing the interfaces themselves. Once I decide it’s good to go in Photoshop, that is where the creativity ends and the ingenuity begins. Photoshop opens worlds of possibilities, and has changed the world’s creative process.
3) Tell us what you consider to be the most useful technique in the design/development process?
4) Web creatives love designer fonts. What’s your favourite and why?
Wow, this is a tough question, because there are tons of fonts I use regularly and I love them all equally. It is always up to the look and feel of the project that decides which font(s) I use. If I had to choose one font to live with I would probably choose Verdana, the trusty and versatile san serif font. At first I did not really think much of the font, but over the years I have seen it being used over and over again, but always looks original and awesome. From a readability standpoint it is also very easy on the eyes and flows well with most content. So the font has grown on me and is now one of my favs.
5) What is the one tip that you would give to anyone trying to get into the industry?
Fantastic question. When I was trying to get into the industry I wish someone had an answer to that question!
It’s hard to narrow it down, but if I could give one tip to someone trying to get into the web design/development industry it would be this: find someone that already does it with passion, and work for them or apprentice with them, whatever you do just LEARN from them. There is no better, or faster way to learn the industry, than getting tips/tricks from someone who does it day in, day out, for a living, and loves it. Even if they are not the best, they are doing what they love, and that is the goal isn’t it? Some quick guidelines for the journey are: 1) Get used to learning, a lot. 2) Don’t give up, it gets hard sometimes. 3) Have fun.