Recently, we had a great communication with a really creative and interesting person and web designer Jorge Rigabert del Rio. In interview with us he shared a lot of interesting ideas and we think it might be a good new experience to our readers to learn more about this successful young web designer.
This is always the most difficult question, but here we go:
My name is Jorge Rigabert, I was born 28 years ago in Zaragoza, city of wind. Actually I work as UX Manager & Art Director at www.izenius.com and I also do some freelance projects as www.jorgerigabert.com. May sound as a topic, but, yeah, I love design, but not less than literature, damned rock’n’roll and gin&tonics)
When I was a child, I always amused to do covers for the tapes I recorded from the radio, I used to use a thousand effects and typographies. It was really awful, but it made me fun, and aroused curiosity.
Since then, I never stopped doing a thousand tests, my first posters and, what was a hobby, I thought it could became a job. I was wrong, I wouldn´t make a living as a poster designer. And then, I noticed on web, 7 years ago, I realized than for one elegant website you saw, you found a million of them that were really horrible, impossible to use. That’s where I saw I could find a gap for myself there, then I went through a small course where I learnt the HTML basics and, since then, I haven’t stopped studying and learning. Us, who have been years working as web designers, I think we all agree that we all started because of a bunch of coincidences. In lots of countries there aren’t even today educated or regulated studies for this. I think, most of us are, to a great extent, self-taught designers.
Though I follow some process depending on the development stage, my organization has always been kind of chaotic. I don’t conceive design as something lineal, but as a whole set of details. I can be illustrating the funniest icons for a website home, but, if for instance, an idea comes out for improving some boring form, I would immediately work on it. If you really like your job, it follows you everywhere, you would always put a thousand eyes on everything you see, it even bothers you if your street’s bakery is bad signed.
This is another topic, which, in my case, it’s also confirmed, because it is true that inspiration appears in each corner you run into. I do visit design galleries to see how do other partners, who are really good and very inspiring, work. But that’s only a small part. Navigating through the web, walking by the streets or even in the supermarket queue, there’s always things that capture your attention, which you see you can improve them, which give you an idea.
After all, web isn’t unconnected to day-to-day life, the great majority of the things you daily see can be applied to web experience and enrich it.
My only advice is to follow one’s instincts. If they know how to identify what they really excite, then won’t stop growing. Must not stop practicing ever, never stop looking for, it doesn’t matter rather if it’s in books, video tutorials or blogs, what really matters is to feed yourself from anything that can contribute, fulfill or improve you.
I can’t choose a favorite book, there have been loads of them which deeply marked my life, and couldn’t really choose one of them. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy ,Toole or The Flying Inn by G.K. Chesterton made me laugh as few have done. The Society of the Spectacle from Guy Debord really impressed me and racked my brain. Luces de Bohemia from Valle-Inclán is a theatre masterpiece and, to mention something more actual Dublinesca from Vila-Matas appears me to be an essential from the last years. There are lots, to many to review, I can’t, definitively, quote just one book.
The early steps of a project are which I enjoy the most. They might be the hardest of all, but they’re also the most gratifying.
At that moment, when somebody get’s in touch with you with an idea and you start from blank paper, you’ve got everything to do and don’t really know which way to go. Until you start reaching the right answers and get on with it. Yeah, that’s a great moment.
I haven’t got a secret recipe but I think that it’s really important to get your work known everywhere, make it speak about you and that it speaks well. Being reviewed on specialized media, galleries and so on, obviously gives you that visibility plus and makes easier for people to contact you. But, in the end, the most important thing is that your costumers are satisfied, that will always open you new doors and opportunities.
Mac, of course. Some years ago I got an iPod for present and, from the moment I tried it I got astonished seeing how easy it was to use in comparison to any other mp3 player. You didn’t have to read the instructions or try the trial and error system, simply, since the beginning you knew what it did and how it was done. That made me question if the same thing would happen with computers, so, I bought my first iMac to check it myself. That was years ago, and for the moment, if nobody proofs me I’m wrong, I haven’t changed platform. And it isn’t in my mind doing that.
I think you should ask one of those, but, if you want my opinion, you’ve got to be always updated. The world moves at vertiginous speed and there are always coming up new concepts or technologies. If you aren’t constantly learning, it’s a way to lose your train easily.
I think it’s always important to know what your skills are, and to exploit them. And there where you can’t reach, get yourself surrounded by cleverer people than you and people who do things that you can’t do. There’s no better way to grow.
In my opinion, design community is very vivid now. There’s loads of professionals doing awesome projects and doing them really well. Although, it’s true I would like, on the next years, for design to be better valued. It’s true that, as time goes by, the design winning its reputation step-by-step, but there are still too many people who try to hire design in bulk, unknowing what it really means. Of course, open contests to design a logo for 15 bucks, don’t really help at all, I think design is something more serious.
I know that Fireworks, lately, is winning loads of popularity, but, for me, Photoshop, and always Photoshop. There’s no other program in which I can work as fast and in which I can feel as comfortable.
I am, indeed, a true disaster on doing predictions, but I’ll try.
It is not that web is on its way on being at everyday life fields, otherwise that’s yet a reality. It is not about designing a web for screens, there’s a continue info transfer onto mobile devices, being those smartphones or tablets. Although it isn’t realized in my own web projects (I always run out of time) Responsive design is yet a reality and I think that at UI level is going to be all more unified, inheriting loads of concepts and the aesthetic part from mobile applications). It is not ruled out that in some time we’ll be optimizing web for new smartTV’s that are to come soon. Anyway, I think we’ll go a little bit crazier.
Firstly, thank you very much for appreciating my work in that way, it’s really gratifying.
www.jorgerigabert.com development was a very funny and enriching process, but also long and sometimes even hard, it’s true that there’s no worse client than oneself.
I hadn’t as much time as I would have liked because I had to combine it with my job, so I had really few hours a day.
The first month, basically consisted on surfing as crazy and make note on a TextEdit of about 200 websites which had details I liked. When I made it clear, I took paper and pencil and later did it with Photoshop. When I had it almost done, I came out with another idea which would take me to another new and better idea, and I had to start all over again. And so on. Each part I designed, gave me new ideas to other area I had already done, so I was constantly doing and redoing. To get the idea, the last files I saved I think they were home.22.psd and works.13.psd. It was a little bit crazy, but it was the only project I had no deadline…
And of course thank you all for this interview.
Thank you Jorge for such an informative and entertaining interview! I should say it’s the most interesting and fun interview we had! I hope our readers will appreciate it too. We wish you to learn even more new approaches and ideas in web design field, to enhance your well-developed skills and a lot of exciting and cool projects!
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