Today I have interview an amazing web designer called Josh Tilton. Josh owns his own web design company called Grip Creative. Some of his work is outstanding, and his weblog design is on many different web galleries across the internet. If you have any other questions for Josh, feel free to drop a comment and he might just answer!
How Did You Get Into Web / Graphic Design?
I started getting into graphic design when my parents bought my brother and I our first dell computer as a christmas present. I was 14. I quickly discovered the website DeviantArt.com signed up for an account and started experimenting with Photoshop creating digital art. I started to get into web design with my band (all 15 year olds have a band right?). I really liked working with HTML, so I kept creating sites.
Did You Study Anything?
I have no formal design education. Before I did this full time, I worked for the family business doing architectural millwork. I learned how to take a project from start to finish, and the basics of architectural drafting. The skills I learned in that industry are surprisingly applicable to the web.
Name 5 Top Applications You Use To Create Your Work?
1) Adobe Photoshop CS4
3) Safari / Firefox
4) Aol Instant Messenger / Apple Mail
Describe Your Average Working Day?
I start out working at 7am setting up the office for the day. I usually try to get my personal projects done from 7-9am. I then jump into client work from 9-5pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays I leave the office early so I can go do Judo.
What Would You Say Your Best Work Ever Is?
Hahah, sorry I’m never fully happy with any of my work (high standards). I am particularly proud of the book covers I designed for “The Pearlsong Refounding” by Michael D. Warden. You can see (and I recommend you purchase) the books atthepearlsongrefounding.com . My personal blog, JoshTilon.com has received a lot of attention for the design, which was a lot of fun to create.
How Did You Come Up With Your Web Studio Name, Grip Creative?
I play Judo which has a lot of grip fighting / grappling. I also really liked the “edginess” of the two words together.
How Do You Promote Grip Creative? Business Cards, Advertising, etc?
Word of mouth. I do some local networking, but people usually contact me through my website from seeing my work somewhere.
Have You Got Any Advice For WebDesignDev Readers?
Hang in there! Stay as far away from individuals who claim to be great at business and “amazing” salesmen but cannot to anything web related on their own. Only partner with people on projects who are experts in their respective area of the web industry.
Where Would You See Yourself In 5 Years Time?
Not having any outside clients, but being the client through the projects I’m currently working on that would be 20% of the week. Doing what i’m truly passionate about : professional portrait & wedding photography 80% of the week.