Today we are talking with designer Michael Reimer. One of his side projects is a website called Best PSD Freebies. You can get one of his designs for free right now on the Creative Market Free Goods page.
Who am I?
I, Michael Reimer, am a professional graphic designer. I am originally am from Coaldale, AB and now reside in Saskatoon, SK with my lovely wife Amy. If you meet me, you would never guess I am a computer dude. Most people know me as an avid ball hockey player. My team made it to nationals the other year and my goal is to make it there again. I also enjoy every product made by Apple. I love using my 27 inch iMac for all my design needs and my iPhone for keeping in tabs with the world. Currently, I am working for YasTech Development, a small web company in Saskatoon, SK. Through them I have been able to launch my side project, www.bestpsdfreebies.com, where we offer a huge resource bank full of freebies.
How did you start in the field of design?
Well, my passion for the web has been in me since middle school. I took all the classes I could for anything related to the computer. I started out as a web developer and went to College to take the Computer Information Technology course to get a better grasp of the technical world. After college I got a job at the University of Lethbridge where I was a junior web developer. I was there for 2 years, and became friends with the designer there. I really started to grow a passion for design and decided to go back to school to learn about graphic design in 2010. I got my diploma and have been rocking out designs for the last 2 years. This has led me to my job at YasTech Developments where I am the lead designer. Its amazing to look back at all the ups and downs to get to this point, but its totally worth it :)
What your favourite fonts to use right now?
Off the top of my head I can name 5 fonts that I like to use often. I like to use Helvetica Neue, Impact, Bebas, Arial, and Chunk Five. They are all so great and often work well together.
What is your general design process?
Before I design anything I have to get inspired. I need to have a complete picture in my head of what I need to design. I often search the web for current trends and several outstanding examples. This gives me a good starting point. I then like to jot down several points of what I need to include in my design. At this point I sometimes even sketch out my home page on paper. Then I sit down and focus my entire attention on the home page or the main part of the design. This is the base for my whole design. Then from there the rest of the design just flows.
When feeling stumped, where do you turn for design inspiration?
When I am stumped and need some inspiration I always take a small break and get some fresh air. Its amazing how a small breath of fresh air can trigger your mind to think of the next big thing. I then go back to my trusted sources on the web and get my mind back into the design world. Often I will ask my wife for advice as well and get her point of view on a project to help me gain some direction. Inspiration comes back slowly at times, but it always works.
What are your favourite resources for design?
When I first started out as a designer I was a huge fan of Orman Clark. His work still amazes me today and he offers amazing resources. I also like the resources given by Richard Tabor, and Blaz Robar. They have all helped me become the designer I am today. I also go to Creattica, Web Designer Depot, Six Revisions, and other major design blogs to get great resources and ideas.
What advice would you give to a designer who is just starting out?
I would tell him / her that its not an easy journey to become a designer, but its a worth while journey. I would tell him / her to keep the passion alive, but to also keep a good balance with extra-curricular activities and family. Then I would tell him / her to have fun, never stop learning, and don't be afraid to fail.