You may have heard of Beasty Design before, we featured his iPhone style business card in our 27 unconventional business card designs article. Beasty Design is a company founded by Frederic Tourrou, a French UI/UX designer & creative director. Frederic is an amazing designer and I’ve been following him for some time now so as you can imagine I was excited when he agreed to do an interview with me and answer a few questions for Enfuzed.
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Where are you from?
I’m from Toulouse south of France.
Where do you currently reside?
I’m still in Toulouse, it’s the best city in France ever!
How old are you?
I’m 35 years old.
How many years have you been doing this?
I’ve been working in design for 10 years. First on print stuff and on UI/UX design for the last 4 years.
What made you want to become a UI/UX Designer?
I’m a really big fan of print. I like the smell of the ink and the noise of a good old Heidelberg letterpress. So I was pretty cold about web design because I can’t feel anything. Then iPhone and the smart phone were born, so I could make interface designs and touch the screen, it was awesome.
I’ve owned an iPhone since the first one and I fell in love with the awesome apps and the “whoa effect” like parallax and other stuff. Now I am studying the Windows modern UI guideline, I feel like there is a lot of work to do on the Microsoft device.
What University did you attend and what is your degree in?
I’m a graduate in business school of 2 years and a graduate in graphic school of 1 year and I also have one year of law school.
Where did you land your first design related job?
I’ve been contacted on my website http://www.beasty-design.com ( new look in progress ) for the creation of a music label identity.
What is your favorite project/design you have worked on/created?
You know the last one is always the one you prefer. I really like the Opinyon App project I’m working on:
I really like the Cheers Wine App too:
and I love my cute Mail Icon:
but it’s not just design, it’s the people I’m working with. I must admit that I’m blessed because all of my clients are my friends now. Some came from San Francisco to visit me!!
How much time do you spend per project on average?
It depends on the time/money my clients have, some have a lot of time and money and some have money but no time etc…usually it’s around 1/2 month for an app but sometimes on some apps I spend 6 months!
What is your favorite non-design related hobby?
Riding my fixie.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love playing with my two young girls, Mayra and Mona, and watching movies and a good meal with my wife.
Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I read a lot of design books. I learn from the best on dribbble and behance and I also practice a lot still making tutorials adding my touch.
What does your office look like?
- iMac 27 // core I7 3,4go // fusion 1 to // 32go de ram // NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX avec 2 Go de mémoire GDDR5
- Macbook Pro 2011 with ssd 16 GB ram
- iPad retina / iPhone 4 and 5
- Pantone Moleskine and Dot Grid Journal
- Sony NEX-5N
- Monster Beat Pro
- My Jawbone Up 2 that tell me to stop and go for a run you lazy guy :)
Xbox or Playstation?
Xbox for playing with the kids.
Mac or PC?
Mac for sure ;)
Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?
What would your last meal ever be?
Leg of lamb with potatoes and good red wine from Bordeaux with my family and friends and my kids on my knees.
What is your favorite book?
Perfume by Patrick Süskind the only book you can smell.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m really a fan of Snatch.
What is your favorite social media network?
I’m not sure…Twitter because it’s fast and cool for business. I like Facebook for family stuff. I always use Path to publish.