Interview with Brian Lovin(@brian_lovin)

It seems that the long haul of Junior year is finally coming to a close. As the year comes to an end, at last my final AP test is behind me.

Tonight's interview is with Brian Lovin. Brian is a product designer at Buffer, a founder at Mvsic, and a podcaster for Design Details among other amazing things. Brian graciously agreed to answer some questions for me.

If you could speak with your 16 year old self, what would you say to him?

Don’t be so worried about what people think of you. Try not to overthink everything. Have fun and enjoy new experiences.

What is good design? How does one go about making it?

Overall, good design solves problems for people. I’d keep going, but I think Dieter Rams sums all this up better than I ever could: http://www.archdaily.com/198583/dieter-rams-10-principles-of-%E2%80%9Cgood-design%E2%80%9D/

What does your workspace look like?

It changes a bit every day - I find myself mostly working from coffeeshops or from our office here in SF! At our office we have glass tables for dry-erase markers which has been so helpful for quickly sketching ideas or brainstorming with other people. I generally enjoy working in quieter environments, sometimes with music.

How/why/when did you get into design?

Design has been an unscratchable itch in my life for the last 7 years or so, since I was a sophomore in high school. No matter what I was working on I found myself drawn towards the product creation process, creating useful  experiences and making things look visually attractive (as best as I could, anyways!). The work I’ve done over the years has evolved, but at the core of it all is the product design side which serves as a continual source of energy.

What can we expect from you in the future?

It would be amazing to look back and say that I’ve worked with great people, helped others along their journey, shipped products that improved people’s lives and in some small way or another made someone out there happier than they would have been otherwise.

What is your opinion on the college process? Where did you go to school, if anywhere?

I went to school at Baylor U. in Texas. Overall I think college is a good thing - there’s a lot of debate going on right now about the merits of higher ed and I can definitely empathize with both sides of the table. For me it was a way to get exposure to new people and new ideas that I wouldn’t have otherwise had, and that’s been invaluable.

I think that college is what you make of it. Some people take different paths at school, and none of them are inherently bad. I chose for myself to work a lot and miss out some of the social aspects of college. I had my fair share of fun, but overall I’d say my experience revolved a lot around work, side projects and learning new things.

David Silverman