Interview with Galen Gidman(@galengidman)...

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Today's interview is with Galen Gidman. Galen approached me to do an interview with him, and after looking at his website, and some of his work, I had to say yes. Galen is a 17-year-old designer, who is really making his way on the internet. He is a designer at Elastik, and the host and creator of one of my new favorite podcasts, Young Guns Show. On this show Galen interviews youngsters who are becoming internet famous.

Q. How/why/when did you start becoming involved with the web and design?

A. I feel like I’ve always been a sort of a designer without realizing it. When I was very young I would always use rulers and stencils in my drawings of firetrucks, boats, planes, etc. — things had to be exact. Later on, during a period when my parents were working on building a house, I began to design floorplans in Microsoft Visio 2002. Little did I know at that point that the things I was learning about creativity and design would help me later in my web endeavors. But back to the question — when did I get involved in the web? I can never remember exactly, but I believe it was sometime in early 2007. At the time, I was considering starting a business manufacturing and selling loft beds to college students. I was really excited about the idea, but wasn’t in a position where I could actually start manufacturing yet, so I decided to do the next best thing — build a website for it. Little did I know that building that would soon make me forget about loft beds and start learning more about the web. As they say, the rest is history.

Q. Why did you start the Young Guns Show?

A. Although the podcast didn’t launch until February of this year, I’d known for some time before that I wanted to start some sort of web-related podcast. I love listening to podcasts, I love the web and audio production is kind of a hobby of mine, so I knew a podcast would be a perfect fit. The problem was what kind to start. One evening it donned on me — start a podcast that focused on the young people in our industry. As a young gun myself, I was well-aware of the problems we faced, but also how awesome it felt to succeed. I bought the domain name that very night and soon had a logo made, website built and my first guest Dan Philibin booked.

Q. What has been your favorite interview so far?

A. Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’ve enjoyed every one of them, but if I had to pick an absolute favorite, I think it would be Episode 9 with Andy Rutledge. If you know Andy, the first thing you’ll be wondering is how a (his words, not mine) “elderly fellow” such as himself made it onto the Young Guns Show. Since one of the biggest goals of the Young Guns Show is to help beginners in the industry advance themselves and their career, I decided to have seasoned industry professionals on the show from time to time in a format I dubbed Young Guns Show [Gunslinger Edition]. Among other things, Andy talked extensively about design professionalism in that episode, which I feel is one thing that can really help you get ahead as a young designer.

Q. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

A. Oh boy, another hard question. There are a several things that I, with the tremendous help of countless others, have been able to pull of that I really feel good about, but I think the Young Guns Show is probably my favorite. Not only is something that I really find enjoyable and I think is helping me personally advance my web career, but I really feel like I am doing something good for others. On every episode, without fail, the guest will say something right on and I will think to myself, “Dang, I wish I had known that when I was just starting.” Hopefully I’m helping others not have to say that.

Q. What computer do you use and why?

A. Yay! Time to geek out about hardware — this’s my favorite part of any interview. My computer is the newest model 13" MacBook Air, nearly spec’d out. If I’m at my desk I generally use that in clamshell mode and hook it up to a 23” Apple Cinema Display. I listen to tunes on my M-Audio AV 30s or if I’m in a headphones kind of mood, I’ll use my Shure SHR440s. Young Guns Show episodes are recorded on a Blue Yeti I bought for that sole purpose.

I really enjoyed talking to Galen, and am hoping that someday I will be able to appear on his show. Here is the desktop wallpaper I designed for Mr. Gidman, click the image to purchase it for only 99 cents.

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