Nov 01

Author Interview: Mabuc

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 11:56 — julie

Living in the Philippines, a Windows guy who’d prefer to be a Mac guy, sketching ideas in a drawing book, and never wanting to stop learning. This week we meet Mark Abucayon (Mabuc) from ThemeForest.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I am Mark Abucayon from the Philippines. I graduated last 2006 as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at STI College Philippines. I am an Asian author with a passion of template design and WordPress coding. :) I sell themes/templates and do freelance work in my four years of being a web guy.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

ThemeForest, I sell HTML templates/themes with WordPress as a bonus. :)

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

I worked for a small company before I decided to freelance. No formal training. Self-study, research and reading tutorials online.

Describe your home workspace.

I’m a windows guy, I hope to get Mac soon. :) I only have the following:

  1. 19″ AOC monitor (LCD)
  2. 24″ ACER widescreen monitor (LED)
  3. Epson T60 printer
  4. HP Scanjet G2410
  5. Intel Dual Core PC
  6. Compaq Laptop – I only use my laptop for backups and when I’m out of town.

Not such awesome tools, but they can produce so much work, and I’m comfortable using them. :)

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

  1. I sketch my ideas in my drawing book so that I wont forget them.
  2. I do some research for a possible name, icons/images to use and jQuery plugin to use.
  3. I now design my sketch using Photoshop and then the subpages before I do coding.
  4. Coding and development process.
  5. Review and check some minor/major bugs.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

Once you create template be sure to give your best shot at it.

What do you do to market your files?

I post it in Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

1. Corona – Business & Portfolio Theme

2. Lotus – For Business Software Corporate Portfolio

3. Creative Zodiac

One of the best single page theme out their and I like the effects used.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

  1. OrmanClark – Hes designs are minimalist but clean and elegant.
  2. FreshFace – Hes design skills are incredible.

What do you do in your spare time?

  1. I relax and watch DVDs.
  2. I practise designing. I don’t want to stop learning.
  3. I take pictures and modify them using Picasa and lightroom. :)

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