It's Friday and that's not the only reason smile, because today we're also getting to know Justin Ouellette.
He's a designer and developer of interfaces, real and imagined. Formerly of Muxtape, Tumblr, Vimeo, and the New York Times R&D Lab. Cleanliness and simplicity in user interfaces is what every designer seeks and Justin will tell us why in his talk — Clean & Simple.
We asked him a few questions to help get to know him better.
Is this your first trip to Melbourne? Or Australia? Do you have other plans for your trip?
It's my first trip to Australia and I couldn't be more excited! I keep hearing that Melbourne is a very cool city, and I can't wait to see some of the Australian landscape. I'll be strapped with cameras at all times.
What does your usual work day look like?
I usually work from home in lower Manhattan, at a desk with a computer and a cat. I tend to spend half the day doing something responsible and half doing something playful (trying a new API, doodling in Photoshop); eventually some of the playful things evolve into things I become more responsible about.
Who in the industry consistently blows you away with incredible work?
There are so many! Jake Lodwick, Ben Pieratt, Jacob Bijani, Tim Van Damme, and Bret Victor are just a few names I think everyone should know. I'm continually inspired by their work.
Have you worked in industries other than the web?
I came to New York in 2006 as a photographer, my first job here was photo editor and buyer at a big media web site. Some of my work still involves photography, and even when it doesn't it tends to be informed by it in some way.
Clearly, you’ve reached a certain point in your career (because you’re with us!), where do you aspire to get to from here?
I feel very fortunate to come as far as I have, and I hope to just keep honing my craft and learning new things. I'm always interested in the next technology, the next way of thinking about old problems. The future is wide open and that never stops being exciting.
Do you skydive, knit, play the banjo, cycle or do anything that isn’t on a computer?
I love to travel and experience new places, but otherwise I'm pretty boring! Bury me with my screens.
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