Meet Abduzeedo Founder Fabio Sasso
This week I had the opportunity to interview Fabio Sasso from Abduzeedo. He is always cranking out amazing tutorials and inspirational posts on his blog and I have wanted to interview him for some time. I initially discovered his website through one of his posts on PSDTUTS and quickly found that he was posting some really great content regarding Photoshop as well as Illustrator and Fireworks; not to mention photography and inspiration. I hope you enjoy this interview with Fabio and when you’re done, I hope you will also take the time to view his websites and follow him on the social networking site of your choosing.
Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of your site and that I really appreciate what you do. I’ve learned a lot from you and I am sure that my readers have as well. Tell us a little about your design background. How did you get into blogging?
First off, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this interview. I have a degree in graphic design and have been working as a designer since 1998. In 2006, I started abduzeedo; at the time, my life had been complicated by the theft of my computer and all of my backups.
How did you initially envision your blog? How has it changed since? Are you surprised with the direction that you have taken it?
The blog started as a way for me to save my personal projects and back up files. After about a year, I began writing some tutorials so that I could remember how to replicate some effects that I made. Not too long after that, some of those tutorials became quite popular. Eventually, Collis from PSDTUTS invited me to write some tutorials for him and after that abduzeedo really grew. Today, abduzeedo is focused on design inspiration.
Have you made any mistakes with your blog? Looking back, how would you have done things differently?
Definitely. Mistakes are part of the learning process. In fact, I am still making some mistakes but the best part about making mistakes is that we can then share those mistakes with our readers so that they don’t make them too.
What kind of posts do you believe are the most successful on a design blog in terms of popularity, traffic and comments?
In our experience, tutorials are probably the best types of posts in terms of driving traffic in the long-term, although we’ve had great experience with our HDR photography posts and some about toy art.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
The best part about blogging is that I’m always learning and discovering new and different things. It also gives me the chance to communicate with designers that I’ve always admired as well as to interact with a new generation of incredible designers. It’s really amazing to see how many talented designers there are out there.
Which designers/bloggers have influenced you the most?
Oh so many, starting with the Veerle’s blog, Hicksdesign, Boagworld, Scott Hansen.
Are there any 3rd party plugins or software that you recommend?
The only 3rd party plugin I’ve been using quite a lot these days is Fluid Mask 3. The Vertus team contacted me to review it and I’ve been really impressed with it because I’ve never liked the process of extracting people or things from photos. Fluid Mask has made this process so much faster; even with more complex photos like trees, plants and hair.
Which online services could you not live without?
Google Reader, Gmail, and Paypal.
Do you have any advice for aspiring designers/bloggers looking to make it in the industry?
The best advice that I can give is to always keep learning. Don’t worry about having a unique style, your style will come naturally with time. It’s also important to remember that you are designing for a target audience, not other designers.
Last but not least; which do you prefer? iPhone or Blackberry.
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