Interview 140 Brief: During our research and while looking into different profiles on Twitter, we stumbled upon a certain trend being carried out by a few great Twitter lovers who have the ability to use Twitter in a way that makes the world a better place! Thus, the idea of Interview in 140 characters came into play! We decided to pick one Twitter user every once in a while and interview him/her about different topics of interest to the whole Twitter community and us as well.
A line about the interviewee:
Chethan defines himself to be a designer at heart; he has a great passion for web design and excels in creating distinguished graphics. He is also an avid blogger where he posts his design work and news. He has a big interest in social media and uses it efficiently to communicate and share his work with other designers over the web. His expertise in design, blogging and social media blend together in a beautiful way and make him stand out as an interesting individual in the twitter universe.
Chethstudio, the name of Chethan’s blog, is known for its freebies. He enjoys sharing his graphics with other people, and people love him for it. With 15,558 update and 15,195 followers on twitter, one can derive an idea about how active and popular @cheth is.
Interview140 Analysis and Lessons:
Social media has opened great opportunities for web designers, it brought them together to communicate and share their work. It had also facilitate designers’ work exposure to the world and served them with instance feedback about their work.
“I tweet therefore I am” @cheth told us; a phrase that shows the state of twitter today as an essential tool for people’s existence on the web.
The secret behind @cheth’s popularity is the value he provides for his fans. He continuously tweets good design related article, he has listed 100+ incredible Twitter background at his blog and he often offers free social media icons and templates.
Before talking to a designer, we never realized how annoying the single color twitter logo is. It doesn’t go well with people’s choices of backgrounds. We add our voice here to @cheth and call out for twitter to provide us with different logo color variations.
We learnt some lessons that we would like to share:
- You can’t succeed in any social medium – Twitter or otherwise – if you do not enjoy it and love what you’re doing.
- You need to know what you’re doing before you display your skills online. There are many people out there waiting to catch a mistake and show off their skills. Your target is to impress even the professionals out there!
- Designers with good social media skills have better chance of succeeding and showing up their work than those who lack such skills.
- Hard work is always appreciated.
- Freebies = More Love :)
The interview140 (on twitter):
@fadipick: 1. What kind of tweets catches your attention? #140
@cheth: I read all my tweets, but i choose to reply/ RT anything related to #design #140
@fadipick: 2. If you are to change one thing about Twitter’s layout, what would that be? #140
@cheth: Twitter is just perfect, but I would like variations in colors for the logo; the blue logo doesn’t go well with my brown BG #140
@fadipick: 3. Name your favourite Tweeples. Why do they interest you as a person, or designers? #140
@cheth: @mayhemstudios because You don’t see profilic tweeterers engaging in conversation often. and @gopalraju very friendly! #140
@fadipick: 4. You are an expert designer, avid blogger, and social media enthusiast. How does it all blend together? #140
@cheth: I’m a designer first! Blogging is just a hobby, and SM to connect with awesome like minded people. I TWEET THEREFORE I AM! #140
@fadipick: 5. Your blog is famous for “Freebies” – namely sets of SM icons -. How do people react to your generosity, SM-wise? #140
@cheth: People love freebies, its a great feeling reading those thank you mails I get everyday. chethstudios is just to help others. #140
@fadipick: 6. Your “100+ Incredible Twitter Backgrounds” post was RT’ed 400+ times. Artistically speaking, how did you pick them? #140
@cheth: I’ve been bookmarking every neat twitter bg. I tried to give points for simplicity in design and the way its implemented. #140
@fadipick: 7. What opportunities did social media open for Web and graphic designers? #140
@cheth: They are endless! Twitter is an excellent place to meet like minded people, like I connected with some amazing designers. #140
@fadipick: 8. When you design for the social Web, what are the most important rules that you keep in mind? #140
@cheth: Simplicity and Elegance in design speaks a lot more. Set an example to others than following other designs as examples. #140
@fadipick: 9. Is good design a process or an art? [inspired by http://tinyurl.com/dfz4s6] #140
@cheth: Design is a step ahead of art. Can we define design? the answer is No! But its closely a more refined form of art. #140
@fadipick: 10.Which blog(s) do you recommend for illustrators and designers to subscribe to? Your favourites? #140
@cheth: I’m a self taught designer, My favorites – http://www.smashingmagazine.com http://www.andysowards.com #140
We hope that you enjoyed this interview, and left with at least one piece of useful advice. Please retweet and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.