Interview with Walter Apai
Date of Interview
April 10, 2010
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1. Besides the usual online blogs and galleries, from what or where do you draw inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere! Nature, a magazine, a poster, a piece of furniture, a gadget... design and designers are everywhere and I don't discriminate with my choices. I can get inspired by truly anything at all, even less tangible things like music or feeling.
2. Design-related or not, can you list up to 3 books that you've found beneficial to your growth as a designer?
Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think. I could list others but those didn't really contribute much to my overall growth. That book however, changed the way I saw things and was very instrumental in my growth and the way I now see things.
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?
Photoshop, of course. I use it all the time for everything. I make my mockups in Photoshop, design websites there, and also create banners. It's the only essential tool in my view.
4. What would be your design "dream job"?
As an entrepreneur, sometimes I wish I didn't have to worry or take into consideration budgets, schedules and clients' reactions.
In the real world, however, unless you're designing only for yourself on an unlimited budget, those factors always play a role.
So my dream job would be to break free from those constraints. That being said, since I freelance and run my own companies and websites, I can decide on many of these issues so I'm in a good place. It's not perfect, but it's pretty close and I'm happy with the way things are going for me.
5. What changes would you like to see in the design community in the next 5 years?
As far as web design, I'd like to see simpler and smaller sites. Information overload is a big turn off for me.
Web pages these days tend to be loaded with information so I do enjoy navigating mobile websites or apps as the amount of content is much more streamlined, cleaner and easier to absorb.
I'd also like to see more color. Most websites tend to favor neutral colors too much and lack personality and memorability.
Special thanks to Walter Apai for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.