Interview with Jonnie Hallman(@destroytoday)
We are at 99 interviews. Who is going to be number 100? Tim Cook, I am looking at you.
How/why/when did you get into design?
I started programming websites for my favorite video games at around the age of 10. I guess I can say I started designing around the same time because I didn't distinguish between the two—I was just making websites. After a few years of programming heavily through high school, I burned out and gave it up for design, which I ended up studying in college. I design because I just love being able to shape the things around me.
What is your favorite food?
I'm all about mood, so it varies. Right now, it's Saturday morning, so of course I'm thinking of challah french toast from the diner up the street.
What does your workspace look like?
I work out of a space in Brooklyn, called Studiomates. My room is long and white with desks around the perimeter. My desk is usually cluttered with gadgets and coffee cups. The atmosphere and community there are so great, I consider it more a home than my apartment. Also, I work too much.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
'So far' is the key phrase there because I don't feel even close to fulfilling what I have planned. But, so far, I would say quitting my job and starting my own company roughly six months ago. I never thought I would do it because I didn't think I could support myself, especially living in New York, but so far so good. The only downside is that now that I've tasted this freedom, I can't see myself ever working full time again.
What can we expect from you in the future?
In the next few months, expect me to finally ship a few projects I've been working on since venturing out on my own. In the next few years, expect the same drive to partner with other makers to build quality products.
Here is the desktop wallpaper I designed for Mr. Hallman.