Who are you?
My name is Steph, designer of several things, currently residing in SF where I work for Front. Before that, I’ve been a freelancer for 7 years, designing Icons, UI, websites, logos and stuff like that. And even before that, I spent a year at a tiny design agency, making crazy-ass portfolios for photographers.
What are you working on?
I’ve spent the last 2 years designing everything at Front. I just finished re-making the whole iOS app, which ends a 3-4 months stretch. And now I’m busy making slight touches in the desktop app.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.
I like this piece because it’s been made in one single session, from concept to visuals. I also like it because I rarely take the time to sketch out the random app embryos that germ in my brain. It feels good to put a ‘face’ on an idea before you bury it.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?
For this particular shot, I used my trusty late 2013 15inch Retina Macbook Pro and nothing else. I mean apart from my hands, obviously. Lately I plug my laptop to a Cinema Display and the extra real estate comes in handy. I have a notebook I generally use to make horrible sketches of logos or monograms. But most of the times when I work on something personal, I just use the laptop and nothing else. I don’t have the time to plan or draw anything and my thought process is generally faster when working directly within Sketch. I think I got that by working Freelance for so long.
Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.
Alana has been consistently killin’ it for a little while now. I chose that particular shot because it combines a lot of the graphic elements I love: cryptic signs, religious imagery, vintage texturing, bright colors. Basically using common signs and taking them out of their context to create something different. Bonus points for the Black letter type.