Interview with Jon Phillips

Date of Interview

August 3, 2010

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City & Country of Residence

Montreal, Canada

Curently Working For


Type of Design

web and UX

1. Besides the usual online blogs and galleries, from what or where do you draw inspiration?

I love photography and I'll often look at some online or simply grab my camera and go on a photography trip. Also, being a musician, I draw a lot of inspiration from music (playing and listening to).

2. Design-related or not, can you list up to 3 books that you've found beneficial to your growth as a designer?

My all-time favorite book would have to be 99 Francs by Frédéric Beigbeder (in French), even if it's not really design related, I'm sure a lot of designers and people working in publicity, marketing and branding could relate to it.

I also really enjoyed reading Logo Design Love by David Airey and Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

3. If you could name one tool/application/software/hardware that you can't live without (from a design perspective), what would it be, and why?

I'm sure a lot of people would say Photoshop without thinking twice, but I'd say Adobe Fireworks. I've used FW every single day for the past 5 years. It's hard to name just one, but if I could name more I'd say WordPress and TextMate.

4. What would be your design "dream job"?

Well I think I'm fortunate enough to say that I do have my dream job right now - I love every minute of it. At the moment I'm really into designing for real estate companies and firms. Of course I wouldn't mind building some more passive revenue streams, but from a design-only perspective, I love what I do :)

5. What changes would you like to see in the design community in the next 5 years?

I think the community is great as it is, but of course there's always room for improvement. One thing I'd like to see more of would be opinion articles from designers.

Another thing that would be nice is to get rid of auto-blogging, copycats and the likes. While it doesn't necessarily apply only to the design community, I've seen way too may people who think they can rip off ideas, content and designs just 'because'.

Apart from that, the design community is great!

Special thanks to Jon Phillips for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.

Reader Comments for this Interview

  1. Antoine on December 07 2010.

    I totally agree with Fireworks. i learned on it and use it every day. At my corporate job the team of designers uses PS all day and so i have to use that and often times i miss the simplicity of FW. Had to comment.

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