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Hi Tom, thank you so much for asking. I’m Angie Bowen a 31 year old freelance web designer and co-owner and creator of the Arbenting Design Blog, Dead Wings Designs and the Social Media Directory for Designers. Arbenting is our design blog which has a large focus on web design and wordpress as well as freelancing. Dead Wings started as a print design blog but is about to get a redesign and will be turned into a place to get premium vectors and other design elements. The directory was an idea we had a while back that would allow designers to easily find each other among the vast sea of social media sites and design blogs.
Actually it’s not, I just became interested in design a few years ago. I’ve been an artist for years then a while ago decided to start learning html & css. That was my first introduction into the design community and I quickly became fascinated with it. So I spent a few years on the sidelines, studying and learning. I’m completely self taught (which a lot of people may find obvious lol) and have learned so much from the online design community that I wanted to give back. That’s when I decided to start Arbenting.
Web design would have to be my favorite because I love to build as much as I love to design. There’s a logic to it that I’m a huge fan of, combining usability and aesthetics is like solving a problem. I’ve recently also gotten into snowboard design which I’m having a lot of fun with. It’s getting me back to the open, no-rules art that I started with which has been a nice change.
Creativity means never having to say you’re sorry. No, wait. That’s love. For me, creativity is like air, it’s a life force that some people require for survival and I’m one of those people. I find it impossible not to create, it’s something that just comes naturally to me.
So many places. I subscribe to about 250 design blogs which provide endless amounts of inspiration every day. I also live in what I think is one of the most beautiful places in the world (Manitou Springs, CO). I’ve never taken a walk here and not come out with new ideas. I also frequently visit local art galleries and online galleries such as deviant art, behance, css galleries, etc.
Wow, this is an extremely hard question to answer. I love design blogs and have so many that I find helpful. If I had to pick a couple that excite me most to see updated they would be Janko at Warp Speed which is a wonderful web development blog that I’ve learned so much from and Just Creative Design where Jacob Cass offers his great perspective on graphic design.
I just got back from a 2 month hiatus and have a lot of plans. My number one priority right now is getting Arbenting back on a regular schedule. I’m also working on a redesign of the Social Media Directory for Designers as well as adding some features to make the site easier to use. I think it still has tons of untapped potential. And as I mentioned above, Dead Wings is about to undergo a huge transformation, but it’s still a ways down the road.
Don’t let anyone discourage you. There are so many people, especially that you will run across online, that will do everything they can to quash your potential. Learn to listen to constructive critisism and accept it gracefully while tuning the negative people out.
Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.
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