Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques

Let's sit down, take a cup of tea together with this tea-lover from London, and read this chat conversation with this creative Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques behind the scenes of fudgegraphics.

Did you know the fudge-part of the name doesn't have anything to do with the food? Wonder what it does mean? I promise you, you'll find his answer surprising. Sharing some fudge with Franz Jeitz Hi Franz! First of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to chat with me.

Most of the readers will already know you from fudgegraphicsbut for those that don't, could you please introduce yourself? Where do you live, what do you do and what do you love to eat?

Hi Marco, thanks for asking me to do this interview. It's a pleasure and I feel honoured. I'm Franz Jeitz, year old freelance designer and blogger. I'm from Luxembourg tiny country in the heart of Europebut now live and work in London.

I originally came to the UK to study. Immediately I fell in love with London, the people, the music scene and everything about it so I decided to stay when I graduated last September.

Contrary to many designers I do not have an academic background in it, I never actually liked arts classes to be honest. The first contact with digital design was back in Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques when I was I was playing in a band at the time and decided to take charge of all the graphical aspects such as t-shirt designs and myspace customization. Slowly, but gradually, I learned the ins and outs of Adobe's Creative Suite and fell in love with design.

Reading more and more design blogs to find inspiration, freebies and expand my knowledge via tutorials I decided one day to start my own. I wanted to be a part of the community and give back to it. That's how Fudgegraphics was born. Basically I wanted to see whether I could pull it off. When it comes to food I'm not fussy at all. I love all kinds of food. Though I can't live without coffee, tea and chocolate cereals. I love vegetables too. Oh, and my mum's the best cook ever!

Sounds like you came a long way, from someone with almost no Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques background to a person who created a stable blog in the design niche.

I did expect to hear " fudge " from you as one of your favourite foods, because of the name of your blog. So, what's the story behind that name? Yes, I still can't believe how successful Fudgegraphics turned out. I think it all comes down to my passion for design and some luck. Especially in the beginning I was fortunate enough to get on some big design blogs blogroll. That helped Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques lot to get the word out.

As for the name, first of all, I do love fudge as food, but that's not the story behind it though. I always wanted to find a name starting with "F" because of my first name. I guess "what the fudge?

After googling a few variations I decided to go with Fudgegraphics. Although it was more of a impulse decision I'm still happy with it, which is great. Maybe the "Friends" section at the bottom of Marcofolio helped you achieve your success just that little bit more.

Passion and "loving what you do" will surely help, that's what I try to do with my blog too. Pretty funny to know that! Do you have any milestones set for FG, like getting a X number of subscribers before a certain date, or changing the layout anytime soon? If there aren't any milestones set for FG, do you have them for your own, like learning a programming language as a designer?

I'm sure I got a few new readers through your blogroll as well as all the others I'm featured in. All of these add up and make Fudgegraphics what it is right now. While social sites like StumbleUpon account for most my pageviews it's those visitors coming from other blogs that will return and actively contribute.

I heard the saying, loved the word and just went for it, without any more reflection. I just hope this won't put off people now. While I love seeing my stats improve I don't have any proper milestones set for the blog.

It is still a personal site, so I'm happy with it to grow organically. If I had to chose one milestone though then it would be to reach 10k subscribers by the end of the year FG currently has 7.

As a designer I always want to grow and while I use Photoshop and Illustrator on a daily basis there's still a lot I don't know yet. I simply love anything to do with design: It's such a broad field of interest that it's hard to be good at everything.

Franz has sent you the following item: The feedcount tells you a lot about your visitors. Feed subscribers are subscribed to come back! You must have learned a lot about blogging and designing the last couple of years. What are the most valueable things that you learned and still use very often, both about blogging and designing? You're absolutely right.

Subscribed readers are Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques readers. Only downside is that advertisers Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques only interested in pageviews and visits, not returning visitors. So in that sense it's important to have both: When it comes to design I learned a lot during the last 2 years.

I didn't really know much about it to be honest. All the techniques Compra Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques use now I gathered through reading loads of tutorials and looking at many many images for inspiration.

I always try to read tutorials rather than following them step by step as I believe it leaves more room for imagination and ultimately defines your own style. Again, through many trials and errors I slowly learned the ropes of Wordpress. Joining Twitterabout 6 months after starting fudgegraphics, was a game changer.

I was finally able to interact with both fellow bloggers as well as my readers. The most important lesson I learned is to never give up. Growth of the blog was slow, but steady. Since it all started out as a personal site, for me to learn and share, rather than a business, that didn't matter. Each comment was, and is still, valuable to me and pushes me to continue. It's hard to pick specific things I learned, I think I've just picked up so many little tricks along the line and have slowly grown into a better blogger and designer.

Ah yes, you're "self thought", just like myself. Looks like "trial and error" is a great way to learn new stuff.

The obvious following question, would be: That is a really tough question. I think it's almost impossible to find an underrated technique these days. Each and every aspect of webdesign has been featured on one or rather many of the design blogs.

If I had to choose though then I'd love to see more print design elements on the web and for people to mix different styles. There's not a lot of photography combined with hand drawn illustrations going on right now which, if done correctly, is extremely powerful. As with all great techniques they quickly become trends and oversaturate the web. It's important to always push the boundaries and add your own style. The most overrated technique is Flash.

I really don't like it, unless it's used for video or audio. Full Flash websites might look good, but most of the time they are slow, hard to navigate and generally annoying.

It all comes down to finding the perfect balance between UX and design so it's important to know your audience. Last but not least, it all doesn't matter if the content is no good. I'd rather visit a site with average design providing quality content then the other way round. HTML5 has some great features that I can't wait to explore, but sadly we can't fully use it yet.

I can't wait to see what the future holds! There are loads of popular bloggers in the web design community right now. If you could pick any of those people out there, that you would be able to meet in real life, who would it be? It's a shame that these new standards are a long way off till we can use them properly. In that sense though I believe it's our duty as web designer to educate people, not just those who are interested in design and web development, but everyone of our friends and family.

There's so many great bloggers out there who inspired me to start my blog that it's difficult to make a selection.

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