To continue meetings with hard-workers and helpful persons in Web Design, I’m pleased to share this quick interview with Nick Pagano.
Nick is the founder of Think Design Blog, a graphic design site where you can find freebies, resources, inspiration and much more.
Nick, welcome to PV.M Garage and thank you for this informal interview. The PV.M’s readers know who you are and what you do; but we want more… so give us a short biography to know you better.
First off, thanks for interviewing me Piervincenzo! I’m quite honored!
As you know, my name is Nick Pagano, and I’m a graphic designer from Houston, Texas. I am a 23 year old newlywed, who really enjoys what I do.
I’ve been designing things since I was in my early teens, and couldn’t really see myself doing anything else. I particularly like textures, typography, and clean layout. Guess you could say I’m sort of a design nerd. Beside design, I enjoy spending time with the wife, friends & family, comedy, hip-hop, blogging, and several other seemingly unrelated things.
Think Design, your web site, is one of the most popular blogs about web design trends, inspirarion and resources for designer. Can you tell us how and why it become so popular?
I think there are several different reasons I’ve been as fortunate as I have been with the blog so far. It mainly has to do with how great and supportive the design community is. I mainly “marketed” my blog on Twitter. From there the word started to spread, thanks to some awesome and helpful people I met on twitter. Social bookmarking sites, networking, and twitter (and of course hard work!) is more or less how Think Design has been able to reach such a large audience. I am very thankful for this, and try to provide my readers with the highest quality possible so hopefully I make there visit to my site an enjoyable one.
What is your background education? Do you think there is the necessity of a specific education for becoming a good web designer? and for becoming a fine blogger?
I graduated with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Houston. I really enjoyed my college time, and learned a lot from it. However, I do not think a certain degree is needed to be a good, and successful, graphic or web designer. It’s more about your work and skills than anything. If you have the talent and know-how, that is what counts.
I especially wouldn’t say there is any specific qualifications for being a fine blogger.
You are the “(only) designer for Think Four Graphic Design”, but you started also Think Design Blog, where you share resources with the community. Which are the reasons behind this kind of choose?
Thank you for mentioning my company. I had a couple different reasons for starting the blog.
When I original made the switch from primarily print design to primarily web design, I started going to a lot more graphic design blogs. I got hooked! I loved all the design blogs, from the design to the content they had to offer. I also really liked the idea of these super-nice designers, creating these awesome brushes, textures, etc… and giving them away for free. And I already always took texture shots, and played around with vectors, and things like that. So I already had some, what would be considered, “freebie packs” ready to go. So I decided to start my own blog, and see if people liked my freebies as well I honestly never expected the amount of support I’ve gotten so far!
It’s really wonderful, and again, says great things about the Design Community as a whole.
What can we look for from you in the next future? What projects will you be working on in this period?
I have some big plans in the works! Because of the blog, I’ve been able to meet up with some very cool and talented people. So you can expect some collaborative projects coming in the future. Everything from WordPress Themes & plugins, to a book. I also have some very cool and original freebies and resources planned for the near future on Think Design. I’m always shootin’ for quality, so expect more to come in 09 and beyond.
You have thousands visitors any day, 2k twitter followers, but what is the most important lesson that you have learned in your blogger life?
Be consistent, and post quality content. Those are really the most important things. It sounds basic, and it is really, but it is very important. There are a lot of blogs out there, so you have to make sure that your stands out. The best way to do that, is to remain relevant, on topic, and original. Try to always give your readers helpful information, and things that can improve the way they work.
What is the key of your success and what are your suggestions for early web designers wich want realize their on-line projects?
Best advice would be work hard, and network. Especially with the explosion of Twitter these days, there are a lot of (free) ways to market your idea or online project. And again, it’s about being consistent, and creating a quality product or service.
Can you tell us about your first experience web designer and how much you have improved your skills since then?
Ha. That takes me back! My first website, was “developed” with Homestead Site Builder, for free, when I was about 13 years old. I believe it was a Rage Against the Machine site, or something to that effect. Needless to say, I’ve improved quite a bit since back then! But even as of recently, I’ve greatly improved my skills. When I graduated the Art Institute, I knew basic HTML, but not much else about Web Design. I started working with WordPress a few years back, and since then, I’d say I got much better, much faster. Maybe somebody I’ll try to scrounge up some screen shots of my first sites, and compare them to the new ones.
Could you describe your best creation?
That is very tough to say. I really like a lot of the projects I’m working on right now, truthfully. I am about to launch a new blog design on Wednesday which I really like. So, I can’t really say! I don’t think that I’ll ever have an absolute favorite, as I will (hopefully) always continue to create new things. Tough question!
How many italian bloggers or web designers do you know and what do you think about them?
Unfortunately, I can’t say that I know that many Italian blogs! But, your site, is very nice! I love the design and content. It’s very cool all around!
A greeting for PV.M Garage readers.
I would just like to again thank Piervincenzo for interviewing me. I am very honored, especially because it is an Italian Blog (and I’m Italian)!
I hope my answers where somewhat helpful, or at least entertaining to those that took the time to read it.