Today we have an interview with the world's favorite httpster. Dan Eden is a designer, coder, beer lover, extraordinaire. Before you read this amazing interview all of you should visit his site now...
Welcome back to your instantbight tab! And now without further adieu, here is the man that believes "everything is designed."
Q. How/why/when did you get into design?
A. I got into design the same way a lot of people do - making posters for my band. We were terrible, and so were the posters, but it gave me an excuse to mess about in Photoshop for a while. After that, I kept up design as a hobby. One day I realized that I actually thoroughly enjoyed design, and there was decent money in it too! I haven't looked back since.
Q. What type of computer do you use and why/what does your workspace look like?
A. I use a 24" 2009 iMac at home. It's slowing a little these days, but it's still an incredibly powerful machine with plenty of screen real estate for designing (and watching The Office in one of the corners at the same time!). I like to keep a tidy desk, with just a few things at my side - a notepad and pencil, a ruler, and a midi keyboard for taking a break and making music every now and then. Recently I've been traveling a lot, so I've been using my iPad for work. I went the last 10 days working solely on my iPad on both client projects and personal side projects - it's a bit of a challenge, but the iPad is a perfectly capable machine for content creation!
Q. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
A. I'd say my greatest accomplishment so far has been talking at the Webshaped conference in Helsinki. I couldn't believe it when I was asked to be a speaker, and it was one of the most exciting, nerve-racking and amazing experiences of my life so far. I'd love to do more speaking now!
Q. What is your favorite font?
A. That's a tough one. I know it's a cliché, but I'd have to say Helvetica. There's just something so perfect about it. Nearly every time I've been designing something, switching the fonts to Helvetica Bold almost instantly makes it better. I'm trying my best to avoid it these days. I'm really enjoying Freight Sans and Proxima Nova, too.
Q. If you had to introduce yourself to a stranger in three words, what would they be?
A. Three words? Pun loving guy.
One thing, out of many, that I really love from Dan's site is the phrase: "you can do better." I really took that at face value when making his desktop background. Click the image to buy it for only 99 cents.