Interview with Anthony Smith(@anthny)

It has been almost a month since I have posted on instantbight.com.

To update anyone who may possibly be reading this: I am graduating from high school this Monday!

And what could possibly be a better graduation gift than an amazing interview with an amazing designer.

This evening's interview is with Anthony Smith, an extremely talented designer residing in San Francisco. Anthony has worked at amazing companies such as Slack, Foursquare, and Twitter.

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How did you get into design?

I think I made my first web page in like 1999 or 2000, it was meant to be a fan-site for the band Deftones. I don't think I really got into design truly until somewhere around 2002. I always kinda came from just making flyers for bands and designing weird things for like metal and punk bands. So many Myspace header images. So many.

What is the difference between design and art?

I believe that art is meant to provide a question, and design is meant to provide an answer. Both are good things.

What was it like working at Slack?

Slack was a pretty crazy experience for me. When I joined the company was still in their first SF office, and the team was very small and scrappy. They're very focused on making a good product, so that was nice to see. But after a brief period of time it became apparent it just wasn't the right fit for me.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

London! Still my favorite city I've ever visited or lived in.

What does your workspace look like?

I have a 15" Macbook Pro and a 21" Cinema display. To the right of that I have Aziz Ansari's book and Pentagram's Marks book. There's a old ticket stub from a movie I saw. A few pens. A magic mouse and a keyboard. Pretty straight forward.

If you could talk to your 18 year old self, what would you say to him?

I actually am quite happy with myself and how I've evolved since my teenage years, but I really wish I could tell myself then to quit smoking.

Fast feared 20 years into the future…it is 3 PM on a Sunday…what are you doing?

Sitting outside with my dog drawing on something. I doubt there'll be paper that far in the future, but some sort of device to sketch on.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I always have the goal to help make the internet a better place than when it was given to me, in whatever way I can. So hopefully, more of that. Small little touches of happiness inside of some cool little piece of software, that will hopefully make someone, somewhere happy.

 

I would like to give a big thanks to Anthony for taking the time to answer my questions!

David Silverman