Here is our first interview with young and talented designer Lam G. Bao from Vietnam. When i checked his portfolio in Behance, I was so exciting, he is multi talented and inspiration for young designers. Check his interview and inspire yourself. Thanks Bao for your valuable time.
Hello Bao, could you please introduce yourself?
Hello, I am Lam G. Bao, a 18 year-old interaction designer from Vietnam, who has been working 3 years in this industry.
Why did you choose your career as a UX Designer?
I’ve been following this UI/UX designer path since I found my passion in creating digital stuffs that people interact with them daily, and of course, these products are changing our life significantly.
How would you describe your approach to design?
I first approached interaction design when I was at grade 9. It was my luck to make acquaintance with an iOS developer who lived near my house, we shared the same interest in technology. Until one day he asked me if I could work on a simple user interface for his game & I did work it out, by Microsoft Word!
TripTrak: Travel Companion App
What would you say is your strongest skill and how have you honed that skill over the years?
In my opinion, my strongest skill may be self-learning, it’s the skill of learning other skills by yourself. I’ve been self-learning most of the knowledge of arts & design over the past few years by working daily, I can both work & learn at the same time. Just spend some hours a day with what you really passionate about.
T-Ease Mobile App
What type of brief or project do you enjoy working on the most?
I enjoy working on those brief which are just pure ideas, the very simple concepts at the beginning, in other words, I would call it the “Brain Cells”. So, from that point, I can easily understand what is on my client’s mind & I will continue with the rest of the “Body”.
Everyday Is Graphic
What questions do you ask before you begin any design project? What information is most important?
Every projects I take, there are some points that need to be clarified before getting started:
- The detailed brief with all the descriptions about the product, some references from client (optional) & notes.
- The expected budget (The one thing you cannot deny is that money always affects your work)
- The expected deadline.
Tell me about a project you’ve completed that has made you the most proud?
I’ve been working with many domestic & foreign clients, with a big number of projects I have done. However the ones that make me proud are my personal projects & also they’re my biggest hits on my Behance. You can check out The Interface Skeleton (Featured in Graphic Design Gallery) here and Marvl Music: Experience (Featured in Interaction Design Gallery) here.
Marvl Music App
What music do you listen to whilst designing?
I have a great love for music & definitely cannot live without it. I have an abundance of genres in my library: Pop, Indie, Alternative, Rock, Ballad, Soundtrack,… My most favorite bands are OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, A R I Z O N A,…
The Interface Skeleton
What’s your personal motto?
About my personal motto, it would be “Living is creating values”. The world we are living in is operated by the values that are created by people who have dedicated a part of their lifetime to make the world a better place. Then is it such a shame if we would just enjoy their achievements without any intention of creating more?
“The Gentlemen” Illustrations
Where do you go to get inspired?
I’m inspired by every people I meet. Mostly, my inspiration comes from social networks like Behance or Dribbble and sometimes it’s just a sign on the street or a random arrangement of flowers in the garden.
Any advice for upcoming designers?
For those who are about to start your designer career: Go ahead, do not hesitate about learning something you’ve never heard of, be really active in creating network of your own because learning from others is the best way of learning. The most essential tip: You have to know what you really love, what you will live & die for it then dig deeper into it. Do not try to be Mr. Know It All unless you’ve already had 20 years of experience, or else, you should focus on one thing until you master it. Good luck!