Nov 22

Author Interview: FutureSight

Tue, 11/22/2011 - 09:00 — julie

Dabbling in electronics and operating systems, building a dream workspace the slow way, jogging to keep in shape, and studying to become a successful ThemeForest author. This week we meet Rafal Jankos (FutureSight), a GraphicRiver author with a strong focus on ThemeForest.

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

I’m from Swindon in the United Kingdom, but I was born in Poland. Four years so far in UK with my beautiful wife and lovely 4 years old daughter.

For a living I work for a digital print company and part time freelancer designing for print and web.

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

I would say ThemeForest. This is where I’ve started and this is where I want to be in the future. I have one GraphicRiver item for sale. I could have many more, but my daily routine and some projects in progress stop me from doing it.

You probably think, “Why ThemeForest?” Because I am a web designer. I love web design… but more about that below. :)

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

Well that’s a question I could write a poem about. :D I have the equivalent of NVQ level 4 in electronics, specialising in operating systems. At that point in college I learned HTML, and I’ve fell in love with it. Only because of circumstances I could not follow my dream. After several years and emigration to Great Britain I’ve manage to get back to my passion.

Right now I’m in the middle of an online course, which I started after several rejections of my first PSD template on ThemeForest. Everything is going all right. I already learned a lot and I can point out and clearly see my own mistakes which I made in my first theme. Apart from that I read a lot of guides, principles, tutorials, etc. including web designer magazine, Envato Notes, Smashing Magazine (lovin’ it!), Tuts+ and DesignModo to keep on track of latest standards, technologies…

Describe your home workspace.

It is not my dream workspace, but I’m slowly gathering around me what I want to see. :P

A simple desk with with fair bit of space – I really need that to focus, I’m bit OCD about that. My desk must be clean and I have to have fair bit of space around. :P

I work on PC with Windows 7 and CS3 while listening to Designer.MX. :)

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

This really depends on the project. If we talk about a new website theme, I do a little market research. Once all is decided – what type of website it will be, what sort of users I target – then I first draw mock-ups, wire frames on paper, then I try to plan everything – when I will be spending time on my project, scheduling everything in Basecamp. At that point I will consult about the project with other fellow designers, the ThemeForest and Forrst communities, apply changes on wire-frames and proceed to my favourite part… designing in Photoshop. :D

Right now I don’t code my own themes, I work with friends from Poland who are a part of FutureSight Design, our a little freelance design studio. This is our way to do it.

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

This is not a simple task and it takes time. To start with, to build a great portfolio you have to design something which will sell. Always keep this in mind.

Secondly be friendly and honest with the community and customers. Once you have somehow upset someone, or done something which they don’t like, they will never, ever come back.

A great portfolio requires great customer support. :)

What do you do to market your files?

AdWords, Facebook and Twitter campaigns. Also adverts on blogs and forums.

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

The Novelist: Responsive WP Theme for Writers

TheMolitor is a great inspiration for me. I really like this guy and his design and dev skills. I like his professional approach and this theme just blows my mind away! I love everything about this theme. Seeing it for the first time I almost bought it just to have it. One day I will set up blog where I will be writing articles like the old days. :)

Equilibrium: Clean and Modern WP Portfolio Theme

Onioneye did really great job on this one. I am surprised that this theme is somehow overlooked. I actually have it and use it. Soon you will see the finished project… :)

Crea HTML

This is another very much inspiring theme, which is so appealing to me. My wife said, “It’s beautiful.” Later on we decided we will buy it, specially for her own website about her hobby… :D

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

TheMolitor – I’ve just said it above. :)

Dream-Theme – Fantastic approach and very unique designs/solutions.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spend time with family, sleep… ;D

Otherwise I read my magazines, paint miniatures, play games, and to keep me in shape I do jogging, exercises, weights.




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