My journey to becoming a web designer and running a design company didn’t come by the usual routes of knowing you wanted to become a designer and going to school to study design. No, my route to becoming a web designer was much more circuitous. I’m telling my story to hopefully be an inspiration to someone who thinks its too late to change careers or find another passion in your life.
The reasons why I’m a graphic designer now go back to my childhood. My favorite toys when I was child were My First Sony – an early drawing tablet for kids that connected to the TV monitor – Lite Brite and Spirographs. I criticized the cereal box packaging in my mind during breakfast and drew posters for any event happening in the neighborhood: Yard sales, lost pets, bloc parties…and some purposely absurd funny ones like “Have You Seen Him? Missing Since March 8th”, showing a snowman I made on my front lawn a month before. If this sounds like your kid, congratulations! He or she is a designer and probably a good marketing director too. These are three great things about Why I’m a Graphic Designer.
As of thursday, January 14, the website for HBOGo has finally undergone a much needed redesign of their website user interface. My wife and i both being designers always commented on the horrible user experience HBOGo provided every time we watched the otherwise excellent programming at HBO. How could such an innovative, forward thinking company have such an outdated design and interface?
After many years of lingering in the doldrums of good design, HBOGo has finally redone their website and user interface . . . but now the question is, is it good? Have they finally lived up to the potential of their incredible programming with shows like Games of Thrones, Silicon Valley or The Sopranos?
No matter what the purpose of your website is, it must be designed with the user experience paramount in mind. This is one of the most important things we learned from Steve Jobs. Without an outstanding user experience, all other efforts might be for nothing. One of the most important aspects of a good user experience is a fast loading website.