time and experience for the betterment of the industry.
It's time to shine a spotlight on these special individuals and dig a little deeper to see what makes them tick. Therefore, on behalf of the CSSDA founders and crew, please enjoy the following interview with one of our esteemed judging panel members.
Ron is a cofounder of Myjive, a digital agency based out of Charlotte, N.C. USA. He started his career working for motion design studios in Los Angeles, Calif., where he began blending his passion for film, popular culture, fine arts and emerging technology.
Today, Ron oversees an A-list team of creatives across all departments at Myjive, which include digital marketing, interactive design, visual design and studio production. His award-winning career includes work for Fiji Water, Discovery Channel, No nonsense, Ecko Clothing, Jeep, HGTV, Volvo Trucks, Fox Sports, Zynga, NAPA Filters, NFL Network, Velux, Regal Boats, Duke Energy and Dr Pepper.
Ron holds a BFA and MFA from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida and served as Adjunct Professor in the VCU design department. He is a frequent speaker at design symposiums, juror for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, a member of the Gator100, an organizing member of TEDxCharlotte and an executive member of SoDA, the Digital Agency Society.
1. When and what was your first ever computer? Can you remember the spec?
Long time ago, far far away. Apple IIE. Didn't even have color. Required floppy disks.
2. When and what was the first website you were involved in designing/developing? Which elements of the project did you do? Can you remember the 'cutting edge' tech used at the time? How did the site turn out and what did this experience teach you?
University of Florida main website. Design, HTML, CSS, front-end. It was 1996, CSS had just came out. So cutting edge.
3. Which project has been most rewarding for you over the course of your career and why?
The most rewarding is the one I am about to get into. I don't often linger on a project post completion. I'm most excited about the process of making, rather than the end result. Especially at the start of the project when the team is fresh and the opportunities are wide open. Which is why the most rewarding project is always the next thing I am about to dive into.
4. What career advice would you give to yourself if you could send a 'temporal text' 5 - 10 years into the past?
When it comes to tomorrow, you will always be better than you are today.
5. Better still, if you had your own hot tub time machine, what time period would you travel to and why?
No desire. This is the best time to be in. There is so much richness in culture and an ever-changing world of technology. Things feel advanced yet still very raw. So much to explore and pioneer. It's thrilling.
1. What are your favourite aspects about working in design?
Design changes things and change keeps us moving in exciting ways.
2. What are your favourite design tools, sites, fonts and resources right now?
As a visual designer, I am actually in love with my Intuos Pro pen tablet. Brings a personal touch (hand) into digital in ways that have really transformed my work. I am naked without it.
3. What are your favorite devices right now from mobile to desktop?
4. Which 3 cities would be your favorite to open an office in and why?
Charlotte (because I've already opened an office there and it's great), Denver (huge fan of outdoors and the mountains), Amsterdam or London (hard to choose between the two, both are fantastic places to be and feel like the center of the world).
5. What is your favorite activity outside of work?
Any activity that is outdoors and around the water. I live in a place surrounded by nature and it's hard to stay away from it.
1. How do you stay motivated?
Work with amazing people.
2. Do you have a good life/work balance? Could it be improved? If so how?
Always a struggle. If anyone solves this one, please let me know. I take comfort in that unlike a brain surgeon, if I step away from work for a moment it doesn't result in life or death situations.
3. Do you have any career advice for young designers and developers?
Read this book. Don't worry, it's free and there is not a lot of words ->
4. How do you keep up with the latest trends & tech?
Look at sites like CSS Design Awards. Read the internet daily. Do my own experimentation and fail as fast as possible.
5. If money was abolished and nobody needed to work anymore, what would you do with your life?
Versus: In your opinion...
1. Are great designers born Vs. made by experience?
Make-up of a designer: 25% is learned, 75% is persistence and perspiration
2. Is the best long term goal to be a founder Vs. freelance Vs. fulltime job?
Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I hope that doesn't change.
3. iPhone 6s vs Samsung S6 vs other?
iPhone 6s Plus - I like to play games.
4. Printed book vs eBook?
Depends on the book.
5. Star Trek vs Star Wars?
Star Wars. Obviously.