Back in April, we spread the word that we were looking for a volunteer to assist with graphic design assets for Drupalcamp Atlanta 2012. (@Drupalcamp_ATL). After our conversation with him, it was apparent #DcATL would be in good hands with Dustin Cooper. So, we wanted to introduce the rest of you to Dustin. Here's a short Q&A I had with him about his design inspiration, getting involved in Drupal, and a sneak peek at the 2012 Drupalcamp Atlanta website.
Mac or PC?
Most essential tool as a designer?
Paper + Pencil
How would you describe your design style?
Depends on the project. My goal is to research the project and find a style that suits it. Currently I am enjoying retro/vintage styles.
Where do you go for design inspiration?
Life. I am highly curious and always paying attention wherever I am. You never know what you might stumble upon that will inspire an idea or design.
How did you first get involved with Drupal?
My first involvement isn’t that exciting. I basically read about the software 4 years ago and played with it here and there for personal projects. It wasn’t until I attended a Drupalcamp in Orlando that my involvement began. Since then I’ve attended local camps and Drupalcon Chicago. Couldn’t make Drupalcon Denver, which I regret, but I will definitely be at Drupalcon Portland next year. My goal is to contribute back to Drupal, not by writing code, but by providing beautiful designs and interfaces for any Drupalcamps and groups that need it. This is how I came to help out with the Drupalcamp Atlanta project.
What advice do you have for someone just getting started with Drupal?
Dive in, don’t wait. Find a local group and participate. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The Drupal community is extremely friendly.
What is your favorite piece you've designed?
At this point my Drupalcamp Atlanta design is my favorite. Before this one it was a “Drupal Diver” character that I created for Drupal Florida. The character is still being voted on to be used as the logo for the state.
Can you give us some insights into your design for the 2012 Drupalcamp Atlanta site?
From the start I knew I wanted to design something retro looking. Something colorful, something beautiful. I love vintage styles, so I started researching and filling my mind with all sorts of ideas on Atlanta, Georgia, vintage things. I finally found inspiration in some old vintage travel postcards/posters. Then the sketching began.
The postcards that I found inspired me to create a landscape scene. So I sketched out all sorts of designs, trying to work out my scene. I must have drawn 10 different scenes before I started to hone in on a design I liked. This design included the Atlanta skyline in the background and the word Atlanta in 3D up on a hill in the foreground. After I found a design that I liked it was time to illustrate it and play with color.
I don’t have a scanner, but I do have a nice DSLR camera, which is what I use to get my drawings into the computer. Snap a picture of my drawing, pull the file up in Adobe Illustrator and it is time to trace. My tool of choice is none other than the pen tool. In my case the pen tool is mightier than the sword.
Fast forward after a long time in Illustrator and after many revisions and viola! a beautiful landscape that I am proud of. It is my best work to date.
I could go on and on about my design but I will keep the rest a surprise and let it speak for itself. Visit www.drupalcampatlanta.com and sign up for the latest update. Hope you like it!