Hi Seth thanks for taking the time to chat with Signl. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity, I'm excited to be here! I live in Indianapolis Indiana with my wife, soon to be born son and our dog! We just moved here to be closer to family so I’m still getting used to the new city! I’m big on the outdoors, from mountain biking(yes, even in the Midwest) to hunting, running and woodworking. Professionally, I work as a web designer full time for a church and ministry insurance company called Brotherhood Mutual. I also work a few side gigs a freelance designer, currently I’m on contract with a great company called Fleetio!
Walk us through your typical day?
I like to start my day by getting up early and taking time to do something that isn’t design or work related. I like to get in a quick workout, read a book or plan my week using the Bullet Journal method. At work I wear a variety of hats. I work on email marketing, web design, coding sites and from time to time I even get picked up for a print project or two. I often work remote, so I start my work day with communication early and often in the morning and throughout the day. Over the years I've learned that I'm most creative in the mornings so I focus on design related tasks before lunch, and then work on posting proofs, team meetings and email in the afternoon more.
Are there any websites you look at every day and why?
To be honest, other than Dribbble I don’t normally spend a lot of time looking at other sites unless I have something specific I need to work on. Like I mentioned, some days I work on building a new marketing site, so I will check out sites like AWWARDS and OnePageLove and get general inspiration from Designspiration. If I’m working on a new email series, I like to check out Really Good Emails. To stay up to date on the industry I will check out sites like ProductHunt for new tools, and I’ll check out InterfaceLovers.
What tools could you not live without?
I’ll go a really minimal route and say I could not live without my MacBook Pro, Figma, and Spotify. I also love to work analog before I start with anything digital, so I also need a nice Field Notes notebook and a good pen.
What would you say is your strongest skill and how have you honed that skill over the years?
My strongest skill is the ability is my versatility. I first got my start in print design and then moved to web and UI design. So I can add a lot of value to a high production team by filling in when needed. I'm also really positive so I think that makes me a pretty good team member!
What are you passionate about besides your work?
I’m passionate about my family, the outdoors and investing in other people. I really feel recharged after spending time with my wife and pup, even when we do simple things like going for a run or a walk in a local park. I also really focus on getting outside to go hunting, mountain biking or even trail running. These things really help me refocus on the important things by giving me some space to get out and have fun, and then clear my mind. After that I’m always looking for ways to give back to other people who are coming up behind me. The combination of these things is really essential for me to work in the design industry.
What type of projects do you enjoy working on the most?
I wear a lot of hats at my job, so I’m not just working on web design projects all day. I think that versatility and variety really keeps me working well on a variety of projects. But if I was locked into one thing forever it would be UI design for web or product.
Who do you think is doing good things in the design industry right now?
First, anyone that is focused on giving back to the design community is doing it right in my book. Some particular people that I really appreciate are people like Joel Beukelman, Dann Petty, Josh Hemsley, Ashton Hauff, and Tori Hinn. Check all of them out on Twitter as they all seem to have something cool they are doing to give back to the community!
What’s the best piece of advice you have heard and repeat to others?
Take a step back. When I was in painting class my first year of college I learned a tough lesson, your painting is going to suck if you don’t step back and see the whole thing. In life, you can help almost every situation by taking a step back. That advice means that when things get heated in a meeting, or your having trouble figuring out how to start a project then just take a step back. Fresh eyes make everything better!
And finally, what tips would you give to anybody who is looking to get started in design?
Jump in. Get started. Connect with other designers on Twitter. Start making a bunch of bad work. Make a whole bunch more bad work. Learn. Grow. Try new things. Never give up! You can do it!
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