Interview with Andy Mangold(@andymangold)

Wow it has been too long. High School is certainly a force of "nature" to be reckoned with. But school is winding down, the final days are coming and soon it will be summer. Guess what that means? A lot more blogging. 

Just got back from seeing The Internship. Although it was extremely corny and stupid it was indeed hilarious.

Enough chit-chat. Tonight I am publishing an interview with a truly great dude. Andy Mangold is a designer and the co-founder of Friends of The Web and one of the co-hosts of On the Grid, a thoughtful podcast about design in the world at large. He lives and works with his three best friends in Baltimore, Maryland (or so his website says).

Here is our interview:

How did you get into designing?

I always loved making things of all sorts. When I was little I played with Legos, Knex, and other constructive toys all the time, and as I got older I began to experiment with wood working and tinkering with bikes and other mechanical things. I was also always drawing from a very young age. In hindsight, I can say that I got into design because it was one of the most approachable, immediate, and relevant ways to create things. At the time however, I just thought it was fun.

What is your biggest fear?

Being host to some sort of horrible parasite. I really don't like parasites.

What can we expect from you in the future?

We're working hard at Friends of The Web to try to make unique, beautiful, and thoughtful apps and web-based products. Hopefully we'll continue to get better at that, and eventually we'd really like to really dig deep on something a bit more complicated and involved than our current projects, which are mostly smaller scale. We'd also love to find the time to make a game or two from scratch.

At some point in my life I would also really love to design and build furniture, dedicate some more time to writing, and maybe experiment with making comics. It's embarrassing to admit that I want to make so many disparate things, but it's the truth. There is a lot of life ahead of me.

What would you say to your ninth grade self if you could talk to him?

Oof. I think talking to 9th grade me would be a frustrating experience. I would encourage him to do as many things outside of school and other formal institutions as possible and to document everything he did so I could look back on it now. Looking back, high school was the most stress-free and relaxed time of my life, and I took that for granted at the time.

What does your workspace look like?

I do most of my work at Friends of The Web HQ, which is our office in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. It's the third floor of an old double-wide rowhome that was renovated to have an open floor plan. It's nice to have a dedicated work space, and we have a number of friends and collaborators in town that stop by regularly. For me, natural light and good friends are the most important ingredients in a workspace.

Thanks so much Andy!

David Silverman