Liam Martens

Professional in Web Design.

About Liam Martens

Liam is a young and passionate designer, developer and business owner. He is driven by learning new things and is always prepared to explore new fields even outside of his expertise. At 19 years old he has already achieved quite a bit as he has 2 design certificates under his belt, he has self employed professional experience and he has worked for multiple creative agencies. He has a long life ahead of him which means he can only get better in the future.

  • Winner of Web Design Award.
  • Specialized in Web Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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Interview with Liam Martens

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
When I was younger I always thought I would become either an architect or a mathematician, though at the age of 12 I took a digital turn. I started learning development and after a year or 2 I started doing web design. This is really how I got into design, pure coincidence.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
My studio is actually quite young as it was established on April 1 2017. It is not just a design studio though since we do both design and development. So far we have had a few clients and we are passionate to grow further.
What is "design" for you?
If it has been crafted and you can see it, it is design to me. From furniture to software.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
I don't really have a most favourite design at this point in time, but I'm looking forward to finding it.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
My favorite platform? Probably Mac OS because it works well for both development and design, but I do still like using both Windows and Linux.
When do you feel the most creative?
Throughout the day, I am always thinking about the design. I can't help it.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
I think the complete picture is the most important aspect of design. It all has to fit together and work as a whole.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
I can't really say I feel any specific emotions while designing.
What makes a design successful?
Aside from looking right it also has to work and be usable in it's context.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Whether everything works as a whole. I believe it is important that everything connects.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
I think it is our responsibility to bring anything to the masses by using great and usable design.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
In many ways design is evolving to the people's needs and our future is looking exceedingly digital.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My most important sources of inspiration are the Awwwards and the CSSDesignAwards, but I draw inspiration from all over the web.
How do you work with companies?
I mostly work remotely so communication usually goes through online meetings or emails. A back and forth as you will.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
A designer has to comply to a client's needs but should also not be afraid to speak up and give his/her professional advise.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
A design always start with an idea, an entrypoint as you will. From there it's all about iterations.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
I don't have a lot of things at home as I am still working on decorating.
Can you describe a day in your life?
My days are mostly ruled by my college schedule. I can tell you that my day usually consists of courses and work. Leisure times comes third.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
It does feel great to create new things, but as a designer I feel like I can always find something I don't like. No matter how long I work on something.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Communication, a keen eye and the ability to think further than the rest.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
When it comes to software I mostly use Figma, Photoshop, Illustrator, Affinity Designer and Gravit Designer. Talking about inspiration, I usually visit the Awwwards, the CSS Design Awards and other online galleries.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
I work with deadlines and I work towards them not slacking in between. I usually just keep in my head, what I still need to do and when.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
It really depends on the project but it can take from 1 week to a couple of months.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
To be honest, I mostly get asked questions about IT. Such as, "do you know something about X" or "can you fix Y"
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Anything that is digital. I am excited by technology and this reflects in my design interest.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
At the moment I work alone but I am planning on working with more people in the future.
How can people contact you?
Through my studio's website (freighter.studio) or my personal website (liammartens.com)

Extended Interview with Liam Martens

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
My design interest grew naturally throughout the years. I don't have a finished academic background at this point.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
I love creating things that are new, refreshing and most of all I can be proud of.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I mostly design websites and applications, but I'd love to get more into drawings and digital art and maybe even some real life stuff.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
I don't think a designer's work signifies whether he is good or great. I believe it is his or her will to learn and explore new things or fields.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
I think a design should not only consider aesthetics but it should also fit in it's picture.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
As both a developer and a designer I'd love to create my own CMS.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
I'm really bad with names. I get inspired by the world around me really.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I think The Screeners is my best work so far because of it's simple complexity.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
I'd still be creating things as a developer and that is totally fine by me.
How do you think designers should present their work?
Design can be presented in an infinite number of ways. No wrong, no right, it depends on the work.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I am mostly excited about my recent venture in starting my own business.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
Depends on what you see as final. If going live is final, then usually from 1 week to a couple months. If you see perfect as final then never.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
I start in my head. Think about what way to go and how best to go about it.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
Software wise I use Figma, Photoshop, Illustrator and Gravit Designer. I also utilise a small wacom tablet to improve my workflow.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
They are important for the first impression to set the tone and context.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
I do believe it can result in a better end result, but I have yet to try it out.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
I would love to have a chat with Elon Musk. He is an amazing visionary, entrepreneur and tech head.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Favourite colours are black then red, favourite place I've been to is London, favourite food is fried or roasted chicken, favourite season is spring, favourite thing is my guitar, favourite brand is Microsoft.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
I remember the first thing I made was ugly as all hell. It was light flashy green with blue buttons containing red icons. The absolute worst.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
I have a passionate for learning and creating. The drive to create is what motivates me.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
Either we are all dead or we have greatly improved the worlds infrastructure, maybe even reached a different planet in our neighbouring solar system.

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