It was quite some time ago since our last interview, but we have the fortune to re-introduce this great habit on our site. We talk to designers of any kind (mostly 3d up until now) who have a professional and high standard portfolio. Today we are posting the interview with Waseem Arshad, a professional web designer. Hope you’ll enjoy it and get some insight to the life and work of a designer.
iB: Hi Waseem! It’s great to have you here with us! Tell us a little about yourself, where do you live, what do you do on an average day, what do you do for a living?
WA: Hello! My name is Waseem Arshad, I am 27 years old. I am married and have one beautiful son, basically I am from Pakistan but living in Abudhabi capital of UAE.
My whole day revolves around design : ). I work in a design studio and when I get time I do work on my own projects or do some experiments to learn new techniques. That’s all I do to live a happy life.
iB: I really enjoyed browsing through your gallery on deviant art. When did you start working with design and web design?
WA: I started work as professional in 2004.
iB: Was there any particular experience that made you want to get into designing thing – particularly web design?
It was a personal project which was successful and I think it was the main cause to choose website design as profession.
iB: Did you receive any formal education? Did you go to any school, or did you just learn it by yourself?
WA: For design & animations I did not go to any school, I learnt it by myself but of course I learned a lot through lots of different projects and situations which I faced during my career.
iB: How do you usually tackle a design job? What do you take into account when making a new design?
WA: Well there are many ways to tackle a design job, but usually I start by drawing a rough sketch to get a basic layout and start putting contents one by one, but of course sometimes in the middle I do change the layout / style to make the website look better and easy to browse for the end user.
iB: Optimizing a website for the programmer when drafting the design can be a problem. Does this constrain you in your creative process (and if yes, how)?
WA: With years of experience, now it does not create any problem in creative process.
iB: From where do you get inspiration for your images?
WA: Choosing images for design is last part of my creative process, so I browse a lot to get best images related to the job and for that I think behance & deviant art community helps a lot.
iB: Is there anybody who inspired your work, or your style? Who?
WA: I think its Lilyas, who suggested one of my design for daily deviation award.
iB: How would you describe your own style, what are your strengths?
WA: My style is not that unique but I always try to manage contents in a friendly and beautiful way so visitors don’t get confused and the client gets some responses. I think this is the purpose of a website
I can handle any type of design job but prefer to do corporate websites whether they are big or small.
iB: Do you have any future plans or dreams?
WA: I want to be a good UI-UX designer and later want to open my own design studio to provide good websites : D
iB: Thank you Wasem, it was great to have you here with us. We hope you can achieve your goals and wish you the best for the future : )
If you think you (or a friend of yours) have a good portfolio, and you want to get into one of our interview sections, email us at info [at] indigolinestudio [dot] com with your name, a personal message and an internet adress with your portfolio (deviantart, flickr, personal blog, etc.). We’ll get back to you.