Interview with Liam McCabe

Date of Interview

January 26, 2010

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City & Country of Residence

Aylesbury, United Kingdom

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Type of Design

Web and Graphic Designer

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

I believe the term inspiration is often interpreted incorrectly most of the time. I believe true inspiration originates from people, objects — almost anything that isn't directly involved with design.

For example, with me, Collis Ta'eed is a true inspiration. He has demonstrated what one can achieve when working hard in an area you love. If his company Envato and the various networks of sites it consists of isn't inspiring, I don't know what is.

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

I have recently read Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. I'm a big fan of Gary and his message. He informed me about a number of factors that are required to building a personal brand which I found extremely useful.

Unfortunately, I haven't purchased any of the books I would like to read yet but I am looking forward to reading the Smashing Book, Five Simple Steps and the majority of the Rockable Press books. That said, I do spend a lot of time reading the exceptional articles published every week in the design community. ;)

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?

It would have to be Photoshop, the source of all work. Without the advanced features it has, websites today would no way be as good.

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

Well I guess my design dream job would be to work amongst a team of creative designers, always trying new things and collaborating on projects.

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

I would just like the design community to be experimental, to stretch the boundaries of user interface design and navigation possibilities, oh and to have fun doing it. :)

Special thanks to Liam McCabe for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.

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