One of the biggest perks of writing this blog is networking with some of the incredibly gifted designers. It’s through my blog and other social networks that I’ve had a chance to meet fellow designers like Jacob Cass of Just Creative Design. Jacob’s unique designs and creative process intrigue me the most. He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, I hope you enjoy the interview.
Hi Jacob, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Please tell the readers a little about yourself. Where you’re from and what you do?
No worries, glad to be a part! Anyway onto what I do! I am a freelance graphic & web designer based from Newcastle/Sydney, Australia and I also run a popular graphic design blog which focuses on offering free graphic design tips, articles & resources on all subjects of design. Topics range include logo design, web design, print design, branding, typography, social media, advertising & more! It also showcases my graphic design portfolio, which allows me to get freelance work through the use of my blog.
How has running a successful design community blog helped you land more freelance work?
By having the blog that I mentioned above, it has brought me higher search engine rankings and it has put my name out there in the design community which in turn means more visibility… My work is 40% local, 10% national and 50% international which shows just how varied the work is.
What are the design tools that you couldn’t live without?
Maybe not all design skills but these things are what I couldn’t live without…my research skills, my creativity, my scanner, my graphics tablet, Photoshop, Illustrator and Firefox.
What websites do you visit the most for design inspiration and knowledge?
I always visit my Google Feed Reader which has about 100+ feeds in it which always provides a good source of inspiration … I always use Delicious for my searches when trying to find stock and inspiration too – it is more accurate than Google in that area.
What factors influence your design (creative process) the most?
The main influence is finding out what the client wants and then giving them what they actually need… this is probably the most challenging part about being a designer.
You’ve had a lot of career success at a very young age, how have you done so much already?
In short… A lot of reading and practicing. A good starting point for those just starting out would be this article I wrote on How and where to get paid freelance work while you are still a design student â€“ something which would appeal to young up and coming designers.
You are self-employed. What are some of the biggest day-to-day challenges that you face?
Fitting everything in! Emails, Blogging, University work, Client work, Gym, Sport, Social Life, etc. The business side of things are finally catching up to me also as I am getting more and more work so I am also trying to streamline that process as well.
What was your favorite project that you’ve worked on and why?
I think the most challenging project I worked on was the logo / branding for myself and my blog. I actually wrote about it in length… Logo Design Process for Just Creative Design’s Award Winning Logo
You love to travel, where are some of your favorite places that you’ve visited? What, if any, are the biggest challenges of keeping up with your work while traveling so often?
So far I have traveled to about 30 different countries around the Pacific and Western Europe but I would have to say Western Europe is my favorite as you can travel to so many places in such a short space of time and have a totally different culture change from each place. Every country has its own gems. The biggest challenge of traveling so much of course is keeping up with clients, work, emails and maintaining the blog however the best way around it is to plan ahead. For example, I set up email auto responders, got people to manage my blog and got guest articles to be posted on my time away etc.
What is the best piece of advice you would give someone just starting out in design?
Keep at it and don’t undercharge. Remember that there will always be someone better than you… and someone worse than you so don’t let that keep you from trying.
When you’re not behind the computer designing and blogging, what do you like to do to get away?
I am very much into the club/pub scene. I also love music, dance festivals, travelling and in the summer, going to the beach. These activities keep me busy.
What are your future goals/plans?
In the short future? Keeping at what I am doing, growing & learning. I also want to go to Canada to work on the slopes sometime next year. In the long term? Possibly working for a large design studio, while doing some freelance on the side and in the long long term, opening my own.
Jacob, I really appreciate you doing this interview! Is their anything
else you’d like to add?
Is this a hint? Hehe. Thanks for the opportunity for this interview Andrew and I hope your readers enjoyed it too! You can read more about me on my blog and you can also check out my portfolio too. http://justcreativedesign.com
That’s a wrap
Jacob, of course that last question was a hint, you know I have to promote my own blog sometimes, jk.
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