Designer – Maker – Wizard?
I’m a design-obsessed technomancer with a penchant for creative code and motion design. When I’m not working my magic you might find me shredding skateboards or hacking into mainframes around the world.
How would you describe your design style?
My style is all about making sense of complex visual mish-mash, and it’s most influenced by my deep passion for technology. I’ve always been inspired by the ways designers working in the early days of consumer electronics have navigated around technological hurdles to push the boundaries of what was possible with technology. Not only do I take visual inspiration from this bygone era of design, but I also employ the same boundary pushing methodology in my work, pushing the limits of what designer is supposed to be able to do.
What is the most useful piece of design advice that you have received?
Save early and often.
If you could learn any new skill or talent, what would it be?
I’d love to learn game design. Building a game forces a designer to pull quintuple duty as a designer, illustrator, developer, project manager, and even in some cases a musician. I don’t think there is any better exercise for a creative today.
Brutalist web design for the rest of us.
Today’s websites are too boring, too unoriginal, and weirdly optimistic. Many designers have decided to do the exact opposite on the internet, creating wild and original user-UNfriendly experiences using harsh typography and colours, just like the good old days of web design. This new trend is part of a larger movement, colloquially known as Brutalist web design.
Brutalist websites take some influence from the early era of web design where people could get away with displaying a list of plain text links and paragraphs with little to no formatting. While some brutalist websites today look like this, a majority of them are much more visually complex and curated. As someone deeply invested in internet culture and design, it was hard for me not to be interested in this new wave of interactive design.
What if there was platform, similar to website creation tools like Squarespace, that let users quickly and easily create websites that broke the conventions of contemporary web design.
Under Construction is a new platform for creating Brutalist websites. It’s catered specifically towards a younger demographic of creative individuals who are ready and eager to share their work on the internet. It’s great for building simple one-page websites for portfolios, events, and even product demonstrations.
The user experience of Under Construction is very straight forward. First-time users are greeted to a splash page that cleverly doubles as a content editing tool, utilizing an formatting workflow familiar to anyone used to posting on Medium or Tumblr. Once submitted, users are provided with a concise list of toggles that let them tweak the resulting web page to their liking. When they’re happy, they can download an archive of the finished product and upload it to the hosting service of their choice.
The identity for Under Construction is an homage to a common cliché in early web design. Often if a creator wasn’t committed to the look and feel of their webpage, you might see a few dozen construction sign GIFs plastering the footer of the site. I played off of this trope, while also keeping in mind the sensibilities of a modern, ‘international style’ influenced web designer.
Try out Under Construction for yourself here