Bryan Veloso and Dan Rubin – Peeking Over the Shoulder of Design Experts

Sean Carmichael

March 1st, 2011


Duration: 33m | 17 MB

Certain tips and tricks you can only learn from watching the best in the field do what they do. Peeking over the shoulder of an expert can teach you valuable techniques and insights that you won’t find in any book. That is exactly how the designers at Sidebar Creative learn from others.

The Sidebar Creative collective, made up of Dan Rubin, Bryan Veloso, Jonathan Snook, and Steve Smith, build and design some of the best websites and applications out there. They have over 50 years of combined experience they want to share with you. This year, the guys at Sidebar Creative are conducting intensive one day, hands on workshops to fine tune your skills as a web designer.

In this podcast, Bryan Veloso and Dan Rubin join Jared Spool to discuss some of their best tips and techniques they learned from each other.

Here’s an excerpt from the podcast.

“…The basic principles of form, white space, flow, typography, color, shape, and hierarchy, have changed in tiny little ways. But, the great thing is, that they haven’t really had to change in massive ways.

We have different movements and preferences with each decade. But those are all stylistic and we should embrace them.

Our tipping point is a different thing. When we’re looking at the tools, we have to be focused on not what they can do. Not feature lists, but how they can work best to serve us in our workflow and our needs.

If it’s the wrong tool for the job, find a different tool. If there isn’t a different tool, figure out how many different ways you can bend, twist, and break that existing tool. Basically, hack something like Photoshop and the features it provides to do the job you need it to do.

That’s where I think the excitement is on the tool side for people like us. We look at a tool like Photoshop, which has always been built for photographers. We look for all the different ways where we can subvert its features to do what we want to do.

We’re always on the lookout for a tool that can help us do our job better. It’s not about whether you prefer Photoshop or Fireworks, it’s about why you prefer Photoshop or Fireworks.

If the “why” doesn’t tie directly into how easily it allows you to achieve your creative vision and do your job, then it’s not a good enough reason. You’re probably not looking hard enough…”

Tune into the podcast to hear Bryan and Dan cover many points, including:

  • Is using a CSS pre-processor, like SAS, a difficult thing to learn?
  • How do you determine where a certain tool, like a pre-processor, will be valuable to use?
  • How does using CSS3 help eliminate repair time and exhaustive testing?
  • What are some of the latest tricks in web design?

Bryan, Dan, and the rest of Sidebar Creative are teaching an all day intensive hands-on workshop of their tips and techniques at the Web Design Masterclass. The workshops are coming to Austin, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. For more information including dates, prices, and program, visit Web Design Masterclass.

Recorded: February, 2011
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