Interviews

Interview with Joshua Strebel

Joshua is the founder and president of Ob├╝ Web Technologies. He races cars, he plans parties, and he goes to Refresh. He’s one rockin’ awesome dude with a lot of helpful advice.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I fell into it really. I had always been playing around with computers since the 1200baud modem days. When I went to college I first tried computer programming, and quickly moved into the visual communication program at NAU. I figured Art + Computers = Easy college degree. For a while I thought Flash was the answer to everything. I really got into the “web” my senior year in 2002-2003.

How long have you been working as a web designer?
I had a 4 month stint at a local web design company in 2003 before I founded …

Interview with James Britt

James is another Refresher and an expert with Ruby. He presented the Getting Ruby session at the Desert Code Camp and was the developer of the famous and extremely accurate Web 2.0 Validator. James also runs the Ruby-Doc.org website and works at Neurogami, LLC.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I’m more of a Web developer than a designer, but almost all Web work I’ve done had me doing design as well. (That was far less true while I was with 30 Second Rule, but back on my own I’m again doing design + development.)

I have the impression that most developers do not care to do graphic design. But I was a visual artist before I got interested in software, and I welcome it.

I started doing Web stuff sometime in …

Interview with Matthew Scheuerman

Matthew works at Southwest Student Services Corporation as their web designer and yes, I met him at Refresh. He’s amazing with Flash and you can check out his personal site and blog at Mordecai Design.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I had taken a few web classes when I first attended graphic design school, but I didn’t have any strong inclinations to become a web designer. I started learning Flash durring that time and I loved it but didn’t think that I would take it farther than using it on a few random projects. I tinkered with a few web sites durring my school years but I really didn’t get serious until a few years after I graduated. After school I worked at a snowboard shop for about 1 year and then at a …

Interview with Aaron Post

Aaron is also a co-founder and partner of 30 Second Rule like Dan. Also like Dan and James he is a CJO for Jitsu.com (no I don’t know what CJO stands for and they probably don’t either ;)) and he’s a fellow Refresher.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I was attending the University of Nebraska, just dropped out of the engineering program and was taking a few Graphic Design classes. We had a class in a new federally funded media center, it was there that I started to spend all my time playing with video, sounds and this thing called the internet. I spent so much time there they gave me a job, slowly I started to build web pages with photoshop 3 and html 1. Ahh those were the …

Interview with Dan Ritzenthaler

Dan is a co-founder and partner of 30 Second Rule. He’s a CJO of Jitsu.com like James and runs a blog about the best books ever.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I left high school a math nerd and had plans to be an engineer of some kind. After looking high and low, I realized this was something I wouldn’t love doing. I probably wouldn’t even like it. So I chose the art school and jumped in hoping I would figure something out before I was too far into the degree.

I was all print for a while… Thankfully there were some required web classes that really got me interested. The artsy side of design I was really starting to enjoy was coming together with the nerdy side I already had when I was writing …