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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 days.

How long have you been working as a web designer?
First page I designed was in 1994, so I guess its been 12 years now. Wow, I am old

What part of your job do you like the most?
Learning something new everyday. Web Design is still a new field with so much opportunity to try new things, go in different directions that I can’t imagine doing anything else really. Well maybe professional snowboarder, but that would be about it.

What was the first website you ever built?
Oct 1994, for The New Media Center at the University of Nebraska (was never published).

What’s the biggest mistake or hardest lesson you’ve learned as a web designer?
Biggest mistake – not sharing. I used to think I could do it all, used to be a little cocky, but after a few big mistakes on projects I started to ask for help and realized that I was like many others, I wanted help but I just had too much of an attitude to ask for it. Still making that mistake today, although I’m getting better with it.

What’s the most helpful thing you’ve learned?
Embracing failure, learning from it as much as I learn from successes

What is a typical work day like for you?
News by 7am – email by 8:30 am and from there is working with the best people I can. typically about 10hr days maybe more but certainly no less.

What are some sites that you visit daily or regularly?

This list will change next week, its the web what can I say.

Any other words of advice for new web designers?
Share.
Work ward but work smart.
Take initiative.
Listen to what your clients are really saying.
Let passion drive you not pay checks.

Thanks for the interview Aaron!

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