I have always been a big fan of Danny’s Outlaw Design Blog and podcast and videos. So, I thought I’d interview Danny for SpyreStudios. I hope you enjoy the interview! Make sure you stop by the comment section and feel free to ask Danny any questions! :)
Hey Danny! Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself, what you do, where we can find you and where you’re from?
Well, I guess I am mostly known for my work at Outlaw Design Blog. Aside from the blog, I also run www.Wordpress-Designers.com where I design and develop custom WordPress based websites. I also do work for a number of other major design blogs and host the TUTS+ podcast.
I don’t do much social networking, but you can keep up with me on Twitter at twitter.com/dannyoutlaw.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start a blog?
I have been running Outlaw Design Blog for a little over 2 years I think I originally got into blogging as a way to promote my design company, but then the blog quickly took on a personality of its own. I eventually decided to make the blog its own separate business.
A typical day in the life of Danny Outlaw, how is it like? What do you enjoy the most about your work?
What I enjoy the most is the fact that I work at home. Which means if I feel like taking a break to pay Halo 3 I can. The dress code is also pretty nice. Most days it consists of nothing but a pair of pajama pants. I typically do a number of blog post during the later hours of the day for the various sites I write for. The early hours of the day I tend to do my design work, as I feel more creative then. In the afternoon I like to take care of emails, client calls, and other various project management tasks.
What does your workspace look like? Clean and organized, messy and chaotic or somewhere in between?
Try to keep my desk pretty clean from clutter. I also try to keep all my documents scanned and on my computer, so I have little need for much real organization. The one thing that does cover my desk right now are toys. I dont have any shelves in my office yet, so my desk is a bit over run with them. I actually have 3 or 4 more boxes of toys that I just dont have anywhere to put right now!
What would be the biggest mistake you’ve made as a designer / developer / blogger / entrepreneur?
I would have to say trying to do everything myself. I used to try to design, develop, manage, etc all myself all the time. Once I decided to start working with other designers and developersI saw an increase in time, increase in profits, and a lot less stress.
If you could give a single piece of advice to people who would like to follow your steps, what would it be?
Don’t underestimate the power of personal branding. Success wont come overnight, but if you do it right, it’s pretty easy. It’s really just a matter of time and sticking with it.
What project are you currently working on that you’re particularly proud of, or excited about? If you can’t talk about it for some reason, can you tell us what project you had the most fun working on in the past?
I always have a ton of projects on the drawing board. I am really excited about the TUTS+ Podcast. We just released the first episode a few weeks ago. It seemed to go over pretty well. We are working on lining up our next few guests and I really can’t wait to see where this goes. Im also working on a book about Freelancing Abroad which I am excited about as well.
If you had to chose only one typeface or only one app or software, what would it be and why?
I would have to say the Things app. I have tried every to-do style app out there, and Things is by far the best one ever made. I dont know if I could live without it at this point.
Your 3 favorite blogs or online resources (not necessarily design related)
- CSSMania – I visit this site daily to see whats being made in the design community.
- Internet Gentleman – This is a buddy of mines new site which showcases some really cool stuff.
- Threadless -I have stopped buying shirts at the store and shop exclusively at Threadless these days.
What’s in your iPod?
I have a lot of everything, but my favorite genre is old country. People like the entire Hank Williams family, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, etc. But I also really dig old school punk and ska.
Make sure you stop by Danny’s and say hi! Of course feel free to ask Danny any question in the comments below!
Stay tuned! We’ll have more interviews with more awesome designers in the next couple days! :)