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Interview Quickie with Ben Tollady

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How would you explain to your grandparents what you do for a living? I talk to people about how they do things on the Internet, then design new things that are better and easier for them to use.

Something you recently saw online that made you go “wow”: I love the gallery of “awesome people hanging out together”. And the genius here should not be underestimated either.

What’s the most exciting thing you recently did offline? I’ve recently become a father, which is very exciting! So most of my offline time of late is spent playing with my new daughter and changing nappies. I’m smitten, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s something you always wanted to do and never had time for? I’ve always dreamt of designing my own range of furniture. I’d also love to go back and explore more of India one day.

If you had to sum up your life motto in 40 words or less, what would it be? “Work hard and be nice to people.” Inspired by Anthony Burrill’s great prints.

Ben Tollady is a UX Designer at Thirst Studios. In our Quickie series we ask folks from around the web 5 simple questions each to be answered within 40 words or less.

Interview Quickie with Lachlan Hardy

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How would you explain to your grandparents what you do for a living? I explain new web technologies to other nerds to teach them why they should use them. I show them how things work, what the potential is and how to make great things with them.

Something you recently saw online that made you go “wow”: The distressingly talented Cameron Adams recently delivered another of his mad future of web technology experiments. This one he calls “4D video”. Check it out and have your mind blown like mine was.

What’s the most exciting thing you recently did offline? I’m also a partner at a coworking space in Ultimo, Sydney, called The Workbench. I work from there as often as my schedule allows and recently the buzz and vibe of the place has really taken off. I love it.

What’s something you always wanted to do and never had time for? There is literally nothing I’ve always wanted to do but never done. But there are things I wish I’d wanted to do earlier. Like travel the world (still working on that) and start a company making beautiful things.

If you had to sum up your life motto in 40 words or less, what would it be? “Fake it, until you make it.” I’m never as bad as I think I am at things. Pushing past that insecurity and seizing opportunities I don’t feel ready for has changed my life repeatedly for the better.

Lachlan Hardy is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. In our Quickie series we ask folks from around the web 5 simple questions each to be answered within 40 words or less.

Interview Quickie with Sarah Plant

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How would you explain to your grandparents what you do for a living? I unpick the bits of the web that are difficult to understand. Making it work better and look nice.

Something you recently saw online that made you go “wow”: It’s just too tempting to spend all day mousing over the logo on Lorenzo Verzini’s portfolio. My fingers are itching at the thought, so good.

What’s the most exciting thing you recently did offline? Making giant shrinkie-dink diamond earrings was pretty fun. Craft club went back in time to a 1990’s kitchen with a warm oven and an empty packet of Walkers.

What’s something you always wanted to do and never had time for? Run my own creative studio. I’m always gathering experience to build on. I love creating work and environments to be proud of and that other people enjoy.

If you had to sum up your life motto in 40 words or less, what would it be? “Life starts at the end of your comfort zone.” I also recently read somewhere “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to” — which is a new favourite. ;)

Sarah Plant is a Designer at Torchbox. In our Quickie series we ask folks from around the web 5 simple questions each to be answered within 40 words or less.

Interview Quickie with Timothy Achumba

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How would you explain to your grandparents what you do for a living? I’d probably say I design applications for mobile phones and computers but I’m pretty sure I’d have to explain what applications, mobile phones & computers are too.

Something you recently saw online that made you go “wow”: Recently, I’ve been really interested in illustrations and prints. The guys at Silence Television have done some awesome work!

What’s the most exciting thing you recently did offline? I was asked to be part of a panel in a discussion about everyone’s favourite topic: Skeuomorphism vs Flat Design. I had never spoken in public before and to put it lightly — I was brickin’ it but I loved it once it started! It was such a rush!

What’s something you always wanted to do and never had time for? I always wanted to build a humanoid robot. Me and my little brother did a lot of research on what we needed to build one but never had the time.

If you had to sum up your life motto in 40 words or less, what would it be? “Never settle!” It’s a pretty short one but I feel its timeless and applicable to every situation.

Timothy Achumba is a UI Designer at 6Wunderkinder. In our Quickie series we ask folks from around the web 5 simple questions each to be answered within 40 words or less.

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