The website consultants at TWS frequently get asked questions about their experience, web design style, and personality. We are very fortunate that TWS has a strong design team made up of 10 designers from around the world whom have each worked in different genres across the design industry before joining TWS. If ever someone has a question in the office, you can bet that one of the design team has the answer, no matter what the question - marketing, creative, technical, search engine optimisation, social media etc., their skilled backgrounds cover all bases. Below is a little glimpse into the background, knowledge and character of our Creativities.
TAFE & a variety of other courses.
I was one of those children who loved doing school projects...so from a very young age!
I absolutely love decorative and textile arts...especially from the Asian & Middle eastern regions.
Probably, but I try to adapt my style to suit each client and their requirements or preferences.
I love the site build but I also love the process of creating a design to suit each individual project and site map...they go hand it hand!
The challenge of finding new ways to use it or push the boundaries.
There is always scope for improvement on the coding front!
I have never had a favourite typeface, as a favourite denotes that it would probably be used repeatedly...which I hate doing!
In anything, on any day, and at any time
Travel and reading travel writing, I’m a big fan and collector of foreign movies, especially from India, Japan, Korea and China
An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan (by Jason Elliot)
I’m a tea drinker, through and through
Diploma in Website Construction/Management, Diploma in Graphic Design - Design College Enmore.
2001 - I was part of an online I.T customer service team that would source information from external websites that were awful to look at and even worse to get information out of.
Architecture and concept car design
I do but those styles and typography choices tend to morph & adapt to the project.
I enjoy the design research aspect - seeing what's out there, what's trending, what I can do within the CMS, layout & colour schemes, typography choices.
The flexibility of the system and feature-rich modules make it easy to create a great looking site on the outside with crucial functionality happening behind the scenes.
Getting up to speed on advancements in CSS3 and HTML5. Would love to get into iOS Development and learn the Human Interface Guidelines.
I follow a lot of designers on Twitter & Dribbble as well as keeping up to date on works from well-respected designers in the industry like Mike Kus, Mike Precious, Sarah Parmenter and Jesse-Bennett Chamberlain.
Basketball, basketball and basketball........with a bit of MW3 thrown in for good measure.
Jeremy Clarkson's Don't Stop Me Now
Skim latte with 2 from my ol' mate Robin from Felix on Devonshire.
Born in Sydney & bred on the Northern Beaches, but went to high school for a few years in England.. Spent a few years living in Scotland and travelling Europe when I was in mid-twenties, and the majority of my family is English. So I'm a bit of a mix!
Studied a few aspects of design for 4 years in total after completing HSC. Majored in Graphic Design and Illustration with an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design from The Design Centre, Enmore, which is Sydney Institutes creative hub and is home to many of the best-known design courses in Australia (it's also developed a reputation for producing some of Australia’s most talented designers so is quite renowned in the industry).
I've grown up in a creative family, so I always knew I wanted to do something art or design-based. But it wasn't until I did work experience in Year 11 at Taronga Zoo, in their graphics department that I realised I was actually quite passionate about computer-based design and the options it opens up. I spent 2 weeks there doing illustrations of foliage and animals around the zoo, then scanning the drawings in and playing around with Photoshop.. One of the drawings I did was used as the background of an illustration of a Gorilla that was used on the Gift Shop's paper bag packaging for years, so it definitely sparked an interest and passion for Graphic Design.
My first design-based job after I finished studying was with a printing company, and this gave me a huge grounding and understanding about design for print and print-production. I love typography and beautiful print material, as well as having a small obsession with album cover artwork! I love cds and records and the different styles of cover art that is out there - photographic, painted, abstract/experimental, highly-designed, minimalist or illustrated..
I think it's great to be able to display an understanding of different kinds of styles and to apply these styles based upon the needs of the client and the end user. In saying that, I probably do have a distinctive style. It's a hard one to answer but it's probably based on perfection and precision! I like clean lines, neatly organised content and a sense of hierarchy. I love the use of colour as a design element too.
I obviously love designing websites, but I also like the relationships that are built with clients during the process. It's great to be able to take an initial concept from scribbled notes, to a functioning prototype, to a design that meets and most often exceeds expectations. I find seeing the end product in completion is always rewarding!
I definitely go through stages of favourite typefaces, but at the moment I suppose it's chunky serifs - caught in the net of a design trend there though, I'm thinking that I'll probably be onto something new next week!
I find inspiration online, in print material, in walking down the street and noticing cool poster art, but most often it's through talking to other designers and comparing work. I think it's really important to share knowledge and resources, and you grow as a designer because of it.
I say Tomato, by Katie Wall. It's a humorous and quirky novel looking at the American film industry from an Australian perspective. And the author happens to be a great friend of one of my great friends, so I've been meaning to read it for ages even though it was published in 2010. Whoops.
Luke has recently got me onto the joys of a 3/4 latte! Definitely my new fave.
Australia, with father from Italy
Diploma in Graphic design & Advanced Statement of Attainment in Fine Arts (drawing major)
I have always known that I wanted to have a visually creative career. I wanted to be an animator or an artist when I was in primary school, and when in high school, I thought graphic design would be a very interesting choice of career.
I love character design, and have a large collection of comics, anime and children’s picture books.
I think I vary what I do depending on the aims of a site, I'm quite happy to create something that is minimal and functional so that a product takes centre stage, or create something that is dynamic with more texture and detail.
The best part is when you get down to the visual side of things, and make those pixels work!
The consistency you have over a design throughout the site.
Lucida Grande or Arial as my web-safe font, love Swingdancer from Chank Fonts too, but it's really for logos or text that search engines don't need to read.
It depends on what the site is for, if the site is selling a specific type of product, you might find something about that product that can influence a design. The same goes with a location, or place, if there is something unique or interesting about a cafe for instance, you can take that element and explore how that can set the tone for a design.
Drawing and painting, I just finished a mural on my daughters' bedroom wall.
Spot Visits His Grandparents, (to my daughter of course!)
Skim capuccino for everday, skim capuccino with a touch of irish cream for a treat.
Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design: I got an award for being 2nd in my year!
In high school, I did all the Arty subjects & my dad is a photographer so have always had that arty flair J
Logo & Print Design
Starting on the design and having the freedom to do lots of creative design.
Making the design work within the CMS.
Browsing the web & Dribbble
The tip of Africa, Cape Town.
Studied Multimedia Design in Cape Town (2001 to 2004). Also did the Masterclass at Shillington College in 2010, a 16 week course aimed at practicing graphic designers wanting to revamp their portfolio, improve their productivity and get a bit of creative nurturing all round.
I was initially going to study film, but went to a design open day with a friend in Cape Town, decided design sounded way better and the rest, as they say, is history.
I have experience in print, branding and photography. I am also a big fan of editorial, environmental & interior design.
I tend to take a minimal & clean approach, but tailor the design style to suit the brief.
You can still produce an awesome website without super techy coding knowledge.
Learning how to build mobile apps could be cool.
Avant Garde Gothic
Been dabbling in photography after taking the plunge and buying a DSLR last year.
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
Rosso Espresso is my favourite in Surry Hills
Visual Arts – Interactive design and Film and Video Advanced Diploma Swinburne TAFE
Originally drawn to film making in high school my tertiary studies introduced me to web design and I loved the medium and have worked in the space ever since
Film making and photography
I would say my design style is constantly evolving and is informed not only on current design trends but the web technologies I am currently using. I have a soft spot for textures in design and large graphical backgrounds.
I am a CSS junkie.
It allows for more focused design time on elements in a website as the time consuming and repetitive nature of coding has been removed from the web design process.
HTML5, Responsive web design, mobile platform development
Rockwell or anything found on Lost Type
A multitude of online resources e.g Smashing Magazine and Dribbble, twitter feeds of designers and friends, galleries and video arcades
Running after my 18 month old boy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3/4 latte one sugar (preferably from Melbourne)
Small town Kukerin (100 pop), WA Wheatbelt
Graphic/Web Design currently also studying Architecture
Since I was about 9 when I loved art at school
I love art. I use to work in a Museum & Art Gallery so I became immersed in Art. Obviously I also love Architecture and recall when I was a girl sitting down reading Architectural magazines whilst the rest of the family was out doing sheep work on the farm
Less is more
Design & chatting to clients
It's easy to maintain a website
I think we are always learning when it comes to web. The new technologies are constant and I always like to keep up to date with these.
Art, websites & magazines
The girl who played with fire - Larrson
Skinny Flat white
Sydney, my background is Filipino, but born in Australia
About 6 years ago when working in a hospital laboratory wasn't creative enough.
Print design & branding design. I particularly enjoy logo work as well as brochure design. Have created some wallpaper features and outdoor signages which has been great to see once printed and installed J
Design style would be bordering between corporate and grunge. I like clean and simple lines but try to add some quirk where I can.
Conceptual and laying out design elements. I like finding textures and interesting elements that I can incorporate in the design.
I like the challenge of designing for a CMS as sometimes it can be a bit fiddly getting your design elements to sit correctly in certain areas of the page, so it feels like an accomplishment when it all works and across browsers.
I'm interested in obtaining more coding skills, which I think will be a big help in making your design work for a CMS.
Avenir & Gotham
Lot of web searching, looking up best web design sites, web design magazines, design mags, sometimes it can be in everyday objects or things.
Playing acoustic guitar, songwriting when I'm inspired, baking which comes in phases – have been trying to master the macaron.
The last book I actually read was the Twilight series – should I be admitting this? Lol I'm more of a picture book fan – coffee table books J
On the very rare occasion when I drink it is a regular cap or an affogat. I'm more of a tea lover. I love herbal teas and fruit flavoured teas. Also, lemon and ginger tea gives me a boost in the morning. Tea is my alternative to coffee!
I am a Yankee Doodle from Columbus, Ohio
Bachelors of fine Art from Bowling Green State University
I was always doing arts in crafts as a child and new I wanted creative careers. But I can specifically remember the moment I decided to be a designer. I was touring the campus of BGSU my senior year of high school and heard Lori Young, an amazing type designer and professor at BSGU, give an hour lecture on what graphic design was. I was sold and decided my major.
Print, Branding & Logo design
My design style changes depending on the clients’ brief but I am very cautious when using drop shadows.
As I designer I obviously love the design stage, but I also love working with clients, learning about their industry and creating a websites that are going to create revenue for their business.
I love that we can create really complex directory and e-commerce sites that don’t have to be coded from scratch.
I would like to learn more about mobile phone apps.
Papyrus... just kidding, I love Goudy Old Style
I love looking at other websites, textures, textile design and nature.
Traveling, snowboarding & enjoying good food and wine with friends.
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