The Accidental Designer - Part IIMikey 1 comment
Short round bald guy explained that the competition was actually a farce which he had organised. "Fantastic!" I thought to myself while wondering why anyone would so such a thing. He was the director/owner of a web development start-up and was seeking graphics talent to come into the organisation from the ground floor.
The competition it was really about him scoping for a web designer. Which meant he was possibly looking at me for teh role. That seemed a little improbable though considering my lack of experience in the field. And to this day I am uncertain why he just didn't use traditional routes.
And the prize was something completely different, if I was interested. The conversation (paraphrased) was very short and went something like this:
Bald guy: You designed the logo yourself?
Bald guy: Have you done any other graphics work, and can you show me samples?
Me: Yes (I pointed him towards some stuff I had online. Basic 3DSMax stuff and Photoshop compositions. Embarrassing really.)
Bald guy: So you know your way around Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash?
Me: Yes (not really knowing what Flash was.)
Bald guy: How is your HTML? Are you comfortable hand coding?
Me: Fine, and yes. (A lie! Without WYSWYG I was nothing.)
Bald guy: Do you have any sites you can show me online?
I proceeded to load up some sites I had done for friends and my personal web site. Nothing special but they were OK for the time.
He studied the source code; sometimes nodding, sometimes shaking his head. I realised at this stage I was being interviewed. Then bald guy said something that stunned me.
"Would you like a job?"
(Continue on to the final part)