Topic Web Design
Date March 9, 2017
About

Lindsey has been designing for the web and brands for over 10 years. Her work has been featured on TechCrunch, Wired and NBC. She oversees design and branding on all platforms.

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Web Design with Lindsey Grande

Are you interested in studying or working in design? Want to know what it takes to succeed as a designer? In this Q&A Session design expert Lindsey Grande fielded questions about the struggles designers face during work, inspirations to become a designer and how to deal with creative blocks.

"There are days when inspiration is hard to come by. Step away from your desk, you’ll only frustrate yourself more if you don’t."

When was the first time you started web design? And what motivated you or more less like what inspired you? —Felix Aikhuele

I started in 2000 I was about 10 years old. I was this geeky kid who was really curious technical things!

The Internet was fairly new back then and was very interesting for me. I really just wanted to know how websites worked. There were no smartphones back then so designers on the web only designed for laptop/desktop computers.

What subjects did you take in high school? Any tips for people just starting out that are in school? —Mahek Arora

I went to art school (I have a degree in Fine Arts!) but a lot of what I know now I learned by myself. I find myself going back to what I learned like design theory but there is so much outside of school that you can learn.

How did you manage to learn to code all by yourself? What did you use as your reference?

I started with HTML. My dad bought me an HTML book when I was 10. I memorized the whole thing (half of it is probably outdated by now) but that got me started.

In high school, CSS started getting traction online. Then I learned a bit of PHP along the way. It’s a lot of reading and practicing and just playing around with it.

I had actually thought I would take Computer Science but decided to go to art school for university instead.

I am starting to learn, making websites! I would be needing them! Can you please give some tips?

Look at tons and tons of great looking websites online. Write down what you like about them and why. Learn from them and ask yourself why you think their design decisions worked (or why not).

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So what kind of cool companies have you worked for so far? —Rachit Agarwal

I currently design for Goodwall. Previously, I’ve also worked with startups in the US designing for the baby space &emdash; apps like BabyList and Pregnancy Companion.

What were the major obstacles in the field of design? —Rishmitha Koppuravuri

Design is very subjective so you meet a lot of people who have different tastes. As a designer, you have to cater to different tastes as well as what you know is the right design solution for a particular project.

Is it sometimes hard to find inspiration to be creative while being a designer? —Inês Aguiar

Yes! There are days when inspiration is hard to come by. The way I deal with that is I step away from my desk for a while and distract myself with something else for a few minutes otherwise you’ll only frustrate yourself even more.

How does it feel when your designs work exactly as you expected it to?

It feels amazing! I love it when users give feedback that the end result really helps them.

What's the biggest challenge you have encountered in your web design career?

One of the biggest challenges with web design is having to design for different devices. There are so many out there right now and as a designer, you have to consider screen sizes, pixel densities and even the kind of tech that the device can handle.

And what inspires you to keep going when things don't work?

Knowing I will get better because when you make mistakes or find yourself on a challenging road, you can only come out better.

Sometimes some designs get controversial! What's your advice to people. How should they react when this happens?

Sometimes controversy can have a hint of healthy emotions and food for thought other designs would not provoke. It’s natural to push boundaries as long as they don’t cross any boundaries. Do what you feel is right and don’t be afraid of criticism, everyone has an opinion.

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Topic Web Design
Date March 9, 2017
About

Lindsey has been designing for the web and brands for over 10 years. Her work has been featured on TechCrunch, Wired and NBC. She oversees design and branding on all platforms.

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