Interview with David DeSandro(@desandro)

Well it is good to be back. For the past month I have been taken over by a disease - MIDTERM-ITUS. I have been cured, do not worry. Thank god these demanding tests are over because now I can get back to interviewing!

Today's interview is with a fellow David. David DeSandro is a designer at Twitter, with a sweet website(my favorite is the rainbow effect on rollover). Please enjoy our five questions!

How did you get into design?

Looking back, I was always into design and creative expression. However, I never considered design as a profession until way later. Back in early 2000's, the web wasn't well defined as an industry or, for that matter, a stable future. In high school and college, I did design-ery things in my spare time. I made music visualizations, vector illustrations, and little photography sites. I was big on DeviantArt for a while.

I managed to get through college, but a lot of my time would be devoted to making creative endeavors. After a couple years at my first real job out of college, I was miserable. I would spend most of my time at work completely avoiding my responsibilities, playing with HTML and CSS demos. I resolved to change my career and become a designer. I was completely focused on escaping this valley of mediocrity I had settled into. I knew that I had some sliver of talent, but more importantly, I had the drive to make it happen.

From that point, everything else seems like a string of eventuality. I went to a certificate school for graphic design, where I built my portfolio, which lead to an internship, which lead to my first real design job working at nclud. And now here I am at Twitter.

What is it like working for Twitter?

Twitter is an awesome company. Every day I get to work on a platform that is used by hundreds of millions of people. It's incredibly exciting to contribute to something that is so much bigger than yourself. But, like any organization, my experience is really defined by the people I work with. I'm very lucky to be working along side so many talented, experienced and beautiful human beings at Twitter.

But enough gushing. At Twitter, I get to do what I do best: making interesting interactions using front-end development: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In order to improve our product, I put together HTML5 prototypes of concepts and features that we want to try out. It's a delight to be able to dig into these small experiences.

What is your favorite food?

A couple weeks ago, at this diner in Brooklyn, I ordered a grilled cheese with meatloaf. It represented everything there is to love about food. It was transcendent.

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(At home)

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(At work)

What can we expect from you in the future?

Outside of Twitter, I'm working on a new layout library, a successor to Masonry and Isotope. I'm taking a new approach with development, integrating a modular system with Bower. If I'm able to pull it off, I hope it will open the eyes of other developers to try this technique.

And more GIFs.

David Silverman