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Graphic Design Interview with Jacob Cass

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Andi Creffield, the admin of Estetica Graphic Design Forum, just recently organised a group graphic design interview and guess what… Just Creative Design was apart of it.

There were 8 designers participating and Audee from Graphic Identity Blog was chosen randomly to interview me and I got randomly chosen to interview Andi Creffield. You can read me and Andi’s great interview over on his blog.

On with the interview…

1. Just Creative Design is your new blog which I think is quite a success. How can you manage your time as a student and as a graphic designer and a blogger at the same time?

It comes quite naturally as I am very good at multi tasking. You will usually find me designing and blogging at the same time (probably along with another 15 or so tabs open in Firefox). Also it comes down to me just loving what I do so time just flies by. My typical day would be me waking up at 9 or 10, then getting to bed at 12 or 1am so I do make the most of my time.

2. You describe yourself as an enthusiastic, sceptical, eloquent and focused person. When u meet a new client, or are in the middle of designing process, how far do those attitudes help you out?

Well being passionate and enthusiastic is a bonus within any industry and I suppose having these qualities helps build up trust within the client which is an important aspect in this industry.

Design Evolution

3. How did you get started in design and how long have you been doing it for?

I got started in design when I was 12 when I put my first website on the web for my local basketball team. It consisted of lots of animated gifs and cool graphics, quite embarrassing really. That was my first taste of design then when I was 15 I started running a website called PartyPhotos for my school friends showcasing photographs from the weekend (this was before Myspace or Facebook). Ever since then I got hooked on graphics and couldn’t stop designing so I guess it has been 8 full years since my very first design experience and probably 3 years of serious designing.

4. What kind of project will always be your favourite?

To be honest I love the university projects that I receive as I get total freedom and can be very creative but I suppose this will change when I graduate next year. What will happen then, who knows?

5. A designer can stand out with an idealistic idea or go with the flow of the client’s wishes. How do you see yourself in this situation?

It all comes down to communicating with the client on what would be the best decision and you would look at the best options and weigh out the positive VS the negative. However, ultimately in the end, it is what the client wants but we still need to educate the client so they can make the best decision.

Communication

6. Do you use any special techniques and tools, such as a tablet, or is it mainly the mouse doing all the work?

Mainly my imagination, an A3 Sketch Pad, a pencil and my mouse. A graphics tablet is on my Christmas wish list though. You may want to know what else a designer may want for Christmas or their birthday.

7. When you write an article for your blog, do you think there is a certain trend among your readers to read different sorts of resources on the internet rather than professional tips or a discussion topic?

Well as far as I know I have a pretty unique blog as I write up about personal university projects as well as providing tips and other resources from the perspective of a graphic design student. I don’t know of any other blogs that do this so I suppose there is no specific ‘trend’ in my niche. You can check out my most popular articles here.

8. What is your favourite music and movie genre?

Definitely electronic dance music. Some of my favourites are The Presets, Pnau, Muscles, any compilation from Ministry of Sound and a trillion other different DJs both local and international. But in saying this, I also dive into many other areas of music tastes which would be proven by my 41gb of music (7750+songs).

My favourite movie genre is probably the big blockbusters with all of their awesome special effects that I love to watch but I also like a good thriller.

Below is a video from one of my favourites artists (The Presets) who I have seen live at least 5 or 6 times (and seeing again in 2 weeks). They are so awesome! For more videos check out YouTube. They are a Sydney based electronic duo, but they are actually about the tour the US.


9. If you have a chance to express your skill for a personal design portfolio, how is it going to look like? I mean, you can tell us what kind of design style that you’re going to use the most?

I don’t tie myself down to one particular style. If you have seen my work you will notice that all the pieces are so very different which is how I would like to be seen … that being a versatile designer.

10. The last question, what are your other main hobbies when you’re not designing?
Well to be honest that is my main hobby if you can call it that but other than that I really like just being around my mates. It’s a guaranteed good time if I am around them.

I also go to the beach quite a bit, and I go out clubbing probably twice a week and I go to a lot of festivals and dance concerts. I used to play sport however this year I wanted to focus more on design. I also go cruising / fishing on our boat every month or so.

Thanks to Audee for compiling these questions, I hope you enjoyed it. If you want to know more about me check out my About Page, or my Things You Didn’t Know About Me post.

More Graphic Design Interviews

The other 7 interviews can be found on the blogs below.

  • The Digital Revolution Blog interviews Aaron Russell’s Blog
  • Caroline Murphy’s Design Blog interviews Graphic Identity Blog
  • Estetica Graphic Design Blog interviews Crazyleaf Design Blog
  • Crazyleaf Design Blog interviews The Creative Curio Blog
  • Just Creative Design Blog interviews Estetica Graphic Design Blog
  • Yet To Be Published

  • The Creative Curio Blog interviews The Digital Revolution Blog (Soon)
  • Aaron Russell’s Blog interviews Caroline Murphy’s Design Blog (Soon)
  • More Interviews with Jacob Cass.

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    17 JUST™ Creative Comments

    • Toon

      Great questions and a good insight into your world Jacob thanks for taking part.

      Toon’s last blog post..Amazing Photoshop Work

    • Kelly

      Jacob,

      You are one busy guy! I loved how you said that you mainly do design work, but then listed so many other things you find time for (I wish I had time in the day for so much!). It probably helps your work, though, getting influences from so many places.

      Congrats on the interview!

      Regards,

      Kelly

      Kelly’s last blog post..Inspiration Points: Unapproachably Great

    • LaurenMarie - Creative Curio

      Wasn’t this project fun? I know I keep saying it when everybody posts their interviews, but I really loved this and I hope we do something like it again. I’ll be posting my interview with Ian on Friday.

      Let’s see, I’m sure there’s much more we don’t know about you, Jacob…

      Do you plan to do freelance, in house or work for a design agency/firm once you graduate?

      LaurenMarie – Creative Curio’s last blog post..Mastering Photoshop Masks: Quick Mask

    • modemlooper

      Oh thanks for the new music! I am going to check out The Presets when they come to LA. I do live a mile from the venue they will be at :)

      modemlooper’s last blog post..Get A Graphic Design Degree From YouTube

    • Michael Skwarcan

      Thanks for the info. I’m currently in the process of trying to get myself some kind of job/internship for summer when I go home between semesters. I got done creating my own site a couple weeks ago and I’m sure this information will be useful. I could use a couple tips on pre interview talks. I seem to do a lot of talking to a company before I even get an interview. Interviews are getting more and more informal these days and most interviews are had over lunch.

      http://www.michaelskwarcan.com Web Designer

      Michael Skwarcan’s last blog post..How To: Create a Web 2.0 Background

    • Jacob Cass

      Kelly,
      Well being busy is always good in the right balance. I don’t know so much about influence in my work but I do notice I use a lot of vivid colours, the rest is quite versatile though.

      Lauren,
      Yup, there are a million other things to know but that is to say about everyone. It’s weird because I just got an email today with someone replying “Wow, you are really real!” I wonder if I or anyone could actually even make all this up?

      When I graduate or most probably during I am hoping to get an internship and then start work somewhere in Sydney but I also want to do freelance on the side. I also might travel some more.

      Ryan,
      You won’t be disappointed.

      Michael,
      I haven’t actually done a post on that before however I remember seeing a great page with resources over at http://www.allgraphicdesign.com so maybe give a quick search there!

    • modemlooper

      I bought some of their music off iTunes but i like the stuff on the Aussie iTunes store better. You can’t buy tracks from other countries iTunes! oh well maybe they will have cd’s for sell

      modemlooper’s last blog post..Get A Graphic Design Degree From YouTube

    • Jacob Cass

      You can listen to all their new music on MySpace actually. (http://www.myspace.com/thepresets) They have just released a new album which I am coming to like more and more. You may also like a Sydney based group called Pnau (http://youtube.com/results?search_query=pnau&search_type=) I saw them at a concert last week, very unique and catchy.

    • A u d e e

      :| I can not believe someone mailed you like that… sorry to hear that crappy thing!

      well I know more about you after we have a nice interview days back and I think you will become one of a great graphic designer in the world ;). You have a strong determination as far as I can see!

    • Jacob Cass

      Ah it’s no big deal I was just a little bit surprised.

      Hopefully a big super power design rockstar! haha.

    • Jacob Share

      Jacob, considering all that you do, I was sure that you’d begun to outsource some of your work. It didn’t seem possible but I guess there’s a lot of overlappage and because you love it all so much, it just flows as you stay focused.

      Impressive!

      Jacob Shares last blog post..What I Learned From Mashing It Up! Group Writing Project

    • Jacob Cass

      Nope no outsourcing just lots of late nights.



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