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Today we have an interview I have been waiting for, for a long time. Tyler Galpin is one of my top ten favorite designers. He is responsible for some of my favorite sites like: his own - tylergalpin.com, his "work" site - galp.in, United Pixelworkers(t-shirt shop), and last but certainly not least - Lost Type Co-op. I recommend all of these sites if you want to see some of the best web design in the biz.
Q. How/why/when did you get involved in web design?
A. I originally started out wanting to "pimp my laptop" with cool background images I was seeing on sites like Deviant Art, so I started learning Photoshop so I could make my own. As I started progressing through business school, design learning became much more oriented towards getting the skill set required to create and build my own personal website in order to market myself better. I found that I actually really enjoyed designing (and used to sketch a lot as a kid) and this desire to learn carried all the way through highschool and university until ultimately people started asking to pay me in order to design sites for them. I was blown away that I could do something I loved and still make some cold hard cash.
Q. What type of computer do you use and why?
A. I have a 27" iMac (i7, 12GB RAM, SSD) that I use as my main work computer. I recently spilled a can of beer on my Macbook Pro (conveniently within a couple weeks of the Apple Keynote), so I picked up a retina Macbook Pro that I am going to use as my main work machine when I buy a 27" cinema display to pair with it. I find that one of the best investments you can make is in the tools you use everyday. I think paying $____ extra for more power/speed/performance is negligible when you consider how much time overall you will save. Your cost per use of your tools is so low that it's a no-brainer. Also, being a tax write-off is pretty great too.
Q. If you had to have another career for one day, what would it be and why?
A. I think I'd race cars if I had a choice in the matter. The thrill of speeding is an adrenaline rush that never gets old.
Q. What do you think about the new MacBook Pro?
A. It's an amazing machine, with a few caveats. The laptop is an engineering marvel, from the screen to the unibody casing that is super slim. It feels a bit like typing on an Aston Martin. That being said, Photoshop is basically unusable on the retina screen at the moment without an update. Case in point - while your retina iPhone (960x480) design on your normal screen is large, you'd assume that on the retina screen the same image would be the same physical size as a non-retina iPhone on a normal screen. You'd be wrong. 100% zoom on a regular screen in Photoshop is the same on the retina screen, so everything looks pixellated without altering the document (up-scaling) to fit the retina screen. Hopefully Adobe releases an update soon.
Q. What advice would you give your eighth grade self today?
A. Follow what you love to do. You can make money doing anything if you are passionate about it. Karma is important.
I wanted to share a big thanks with Tyler for sticking with this interview, and sharing some of his time with me. Click the image to buy his desktop wallpaper.