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Inside Bombay Creative

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself that we cannot learn by reading your portfolio.

Bombay Creative is a web design, print design, and marketing firm. Although we work with a spectrum of clientele, we particularly enjoy helping nonprofits.

What is your specialization (Flash / XHTML / PHP etc)? Why have you chosen this particular domain.

We use CSS, Flash, PHP, ColdFusion, and Ajax depending on what a project's needs are.

Don`t you think flash is disadvantaged because in most cases it requires high speed internet?

Flash has its pros and cons. A website should never be 100% Flash, but Flash can be a powerful tool for accessories such as banners and interactive features.

What is more crucial in design - professional look or usability?

When it comes to foundational necessities, usability is more crucial. An ugly but usable website is still better than great looks that cannot function. But once you get past web design 101, I believe that looks are more important. Web aesthetics determine credibility during first impressions.

What are the three things any web designer (freelancer) should know?

  • 1. How to technically design. A designer should be reasonably good at CSS etc.
  • 2. How to aesthetically design. A good designer understands the principles of design and how to use them.
  • 3. How to communicate branding. A web site should communicate the core values of its purpose/organization in its appearance and user experience. This means that a good designer must (a) know how to learn what makes his client unique and (b) know how to incorporate that quality into the design.

What sort of attention has your online portfolio brought you? Would you say it's profitable to have one if you're a web designer / web development company?

An online portfolio is the best investment a designer can make. It works for you.

Where do you see the development of your business? Any future projects in mind?

We seem to be taking on a greater number of specialty projects that involve high levels of interactivity and user-generated content.

What do you think about web 2.0?

I see it as a catalyst and a stepping stone that will transform the Internet into a whole new world of possibilities.

Of the projects listed on your site, which one was the most challenging and why?

Oaktreeidea.com has been the most challenging because we took an existing social network with a substantial user base and completely overhauled it for enhanced looks and usability within a few months. Social networks are quite different than developing a typical website. They are constantly evolving and require constant tweaks to accommodate the growing and evolving needs of the members.

Do you have any information or career advice to offer to our reading audience?

If you want to be a great designer, surround yourself with great design.

Thank you for your time. It was a great pleasure to talk to you. This was Kent Shaffer from Bombay Creative.

Published on Saturday, June 10th, 2006 at 1:27 am in 2006.

About Bogdan Pop

Bogdan Pop is a young Romanian entrepreneur who runs WebRaptor. He is a web developer with awesome design skills, who enjoys writing about everyday's work and usability. He relaxes by taking photos every once in a while and by mixing french electronic music. Connect with him via Twitter.
 

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