Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Steve Roberts ("SR") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
SR : After working for a London design agency for a number of years, I was getting tired of the hectic schedule, which is when I thought it would be a good idea to specialise and ended up landing in product design. Since then I've been working with various start ups around the UK and national corporation like Nationwide and Gumtree.
SR : In short, to have people use it, and hopefully make their lives easier or better.
SR : When I was a young boy, I painted small army figures and always had my head in a paint by numbers but I was quite into sports and wanted to be a p.e teacher but fortune had it that my school dropped physical education due to lack of popularity, so choose product design in its place and from there I haven’t looked back.
SR : It ranges from branding projects, product design - responsive websites, mobile apps (user experience and user interface design), style guides, iconography, illustration. The designs I'd like to work with more is anything that brings a challenge, maybe new innovative technology.
SR : Get your work out there, whether it's a website portfolio or uploading works to inspiration sites much as Dribbble or Behance, these don't have to be projects for clients, they can be self initiated.
SR : A good designer will give a client what they "want", a great designer will give a client what they "need"
SR : Has it accomplished the brief? In short, people are using it, and hopefully making their life easier or better.
SR : Well design is the whole thing. It's the way it looks, way it works, way it smells...it's the whole thing.
SR : Listen and collaboration. To pass all that knowledge along we need to talk. And talk. And talk and talk and talk. We need to be in the same space, we need to share stupid ideas before we get to the good ideas.
SR : Design is a tricky word. It means different things to different people. For myself, design is the whole thing. It's the way it looks, way it works, way it smells...it's the whole thing.
SR : Get your work out there, whether it's a website portfolio or uploading works to inspiration sites much as Dribbble or Behance.
SR : An app I designed in my spare time called smalltalk. It organically has grown to 40k+ users, showing me that users like and want to use the app without the influence by any marketing.
SR : I can see user interfaces becoming more and more minimal, touch specific and voice activated. I can see there always be a place for branding and marketing.
SR : Couldn’t say an accurate time frame as all clients have different objectives and goals, but broadly I would say longer than you'd think.
SR : I work with the client to understand their needs. It always beings with getting to know the client.
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