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OCT 2006 1

Interview with Steven Hylands

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Webia: Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.
Steven: My name is Steven Hylands, a 21 year old multimedia designer from Northern Ireland currently operating on a freelance basis. I am passionate about many types of design.

Webia: What designs do you like the most and why? Describe your design style.
Steven: I enjoy visually appealing accessible websites. My style is to combine unique creative imagery with clean standards based design.

Webia: Of your favorite hobbies, which one has a chance of eclipsing your web design career and why?
Steven: Well I have a keen interest in creative writing and film production, an avenue I would love to explore in the future. However currently I am all about design.

Webia: What is your specialization (Flash / XHTML / PHP / Graphic Design etc)? Why have you chosen this particular domain.
Steven: All aspects of graphic design, to keep things interesting I never pigeon hole myself to any specific section of design, I enjoy everything from web/print to illustration and animation.

Webia: What is more crucial in design - professional look or usability?
Steven: A combination of both but usability must always come first.

Webia: What are the three things any web designer (freelancer) should know?
Steven: Market yourself; get your name known as a quality designer. Develop a unique identity, something to really stand out from the crowd, never be afraid to be different. Always be on the lookout for talented people to work who will push your skills further.

Webia: 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?
Steven: My current design portfolio has been a great platform to advertise myself from. An eye catching portfolio can be extremely helpful to any designer looking for work.

Webia: What is your favorite software? What would be the ideal web graphic design software? What software couldn't you live without?
Steven: Currently I am in love with Adobe Illustrator, clean vectors are very important in modern design. However I couldn't live without Photoshop, it plays a part in almost every project.

Webia: Where do you see the development of your business? Any future projects in mind?
Steven: I'd love to push my work further away from standard web design and create more unique concepts featuring illustration.

Webia: What do you think about web 2.0?
Steven: Generally I think a lot of sites these days that use the web2.0 style turn out badly. However I feel a lot of the ideas of web2.0 are great and some sites really show off what web design should be.

Webia: What is the first graphic software you ever used?
Steven: Adobe Photoshop

Webia: How did your very first project look like?
Steven: A total mess, but I didn't give up!

Webia: Do you have any information or career advice to offer to our reading audience?
Steven: Never stop developing your skill set.

Thank you for your time Steven! This was Steven Hylands owner of Shylands.com.

Published on Monday, October 23rd, 2006 at 12:37 pm in 2006.

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