It becomes clearer and clearer to me that design is more about the idea and the execution, than the knowledge of the proper tools. A web designer that doesn’t research continuously is equal to 0. I repeat, web designer. Because web design is no art, and there’s a ton of theory that goes behind the elements that make a web site.
I have seen so many bad designers lately, that my eyes hurts.
On the other hand, I can easily imagine new concepts that are fresh, interactive and playful, and can sketch them on paper, but I’m missing the tools part. So I’m a bad tools person. :-)
I’ll get good at this, as soon as Mobile is checked on my list as well. I’m not very good with time, got too much on my hands, but that is always a good thing.
At Vuzum we’re trying to remix our skills this year, so Flash devs will play a bit with iOS, Web devs will do the same with Android, and myself will try a bit of each + some design.
BTW, that position for an excellent designer is still open. But if you apply, please be excellent, otherwise you will waste my time, your time, and everybody else’s time in between.
In other words Photoshop, Illustrator and front-end development are things of passion to you, while theory, sketching and creative thinking are things of hard work.
[Updated]: I think it makes a little bit of justice to post a sample. Although the design is not impossible to achieve, the way you can interact with it is fresh, and if you ask me, unique – how many times have you seen this concept before? This is where the actual work is, and then the execution.