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Exclusive Interview with Billy Bussey
WDL: What was your starting point in web design?
Billy Bussey: After a failed video production career, I actually found a "Flash 3" CD that was hidden in a stack of audio CDs at a friend's house. Even though I didn't know what it was then, I asked for it, and he handed it over not knowing what it was. I played with it for a few days, and honest to god, a friend called and asked if I knew anything about Flash, and if I did, he'd like to hire me to make a site.
WDL: Describe your design style.
Billy Bussey: I'm into 3D and making websites stand out through 3D. Some people call my style a "soft tech look"; I guess it involves blurry robots that glow in the future.
WDL: Where do you find your inspiration?
Billy Bussey: Believe it or not, I rarely find it in anything. It kinda just has to come naturally. Usually if things are going well outside of work, I tend to get motivated to do work.
WDL: What are your current projects?
Billy Bussey: I have several semi-large projects right now: one being a full Flash site and the others being 3D video work. I can't tell you the names, but they will all be released very soon.
WDL: Which project are you proudest of?
Billy Bussey: I'm not really "proud" of any of my work, but I guess I like billybussey.com the best because it resembles my style and the things I like to create more than any other project of mine.
WDL: What did your very first project look like?
Billy Bussey: My first project was all hand drawn Flash and was terrible. I used about a thousand gradients and tried to make everything look like "metal".
WDL: What do you think about people ripping off your ideas?
Billy Bussey: It doesn't bother me in the least. It even helps me a little by forcing me to come up with new ideas so as not to look like my own carbon copies.
WDL: What are the core web design principles we should know about?
Billy Bussey: I didn't realize there were Web Design principles. I just try to make cool stuff and hope people like it a little.
WDL: What are some of the common mistakes beginners make when designing their websites?
Billy Bussey: They try to compete with other developers, instead of focusing on their own talents and style.
WDL: What software can't you live without?
Billy Bussey: 3ds max
WDL: What designs do you like the most and why?
Billy Bussey: The ones that I never would have thought of. They remind me to be open-minded about design.
WDL: Name some of the designers whose works you consider admirable or distinctive.
Billy Bussey: All the really talented motion graphics companies who have demo reels that make me depressed. ;)
WDL: Thank you for your time!
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