1. Hey Gil tell us a bit about yourself: who you are and where you're from?
Hey Nguyen, first of all, thanks for the interview! It’s an honor! My full name is Gil Huybrecht and my two passions are design and skateboarding. I live in a small country in Europe called Belgium with my girlfriend Tine. We also have two bunnies (Colette & Octaaf) & two dogs (Kamiel & Basil).
2. Awesome. What do you do?
I work at an agency as a designer, I started out as a web/UI designer but over the years I really got interested in doing more UX stuff.
3. You are a great skateboarder, do you think your work ethic and perseverance towards learning hard tricks has translated into your professional life? And does skate culture influence your work in any way?
Great question! And yes definitely, skateboarding taught me from a young age to keep going, even when you fail. It showed me that failure is actually a good thing and that I can use it to see what I did wrong and learn from that. I wouldn’t say that skateboarding culture itself influences my work. Mainly because I like very usable minimalistic designs, and there aren’t a lot of skate companies that have the same vision. But skateboarding has definitely helped me to keep going when I was learning to design!
4. I also know you listen to a lot of podcasts and you seem like an avid learner. How important do you think it is to keep learning and growing as a designer?
I personally think it’s one of the most important things. We’re in an industry that’s constantly changing, and it’s changing very quickly. So we always have to keep learning. I also think passion is what thrives my learning. I have a 30 minutes commute to work every day and it’s really nice to start of the day by listening to an interesting podcast. That way I can start my day motivated.
5. What’s next for you? What do you hope to achieve or do in the next few years?
That’s a tough one. I would say: I’d like to keep trying out new styles in design and also keep on learning about UX. I’m also learning more & more about the business side of design and I really want to use that knowledge to start freelancing beside my agency hours I also want to do something with skateboarding, I have a lot of ideas for skate/clothing brands, so that’s definitely something next for me. All round I want to keep doing side projects, they’re so much fun
6. Finally you are part of the Process Alumni. What led you to join the Process Masterclass? And how has the process masterclass helped you?
I came across the Process Masterclasss from your dribbble account, I was following you for a long time and I really liked the aesthetic with your web designs. Because I’m a self-taught designer I didn’t really know that much about the theory behind design, design-thinking, typography, … I had some knowledge about that stuff but really not that much. I’m really enjoying doing UX design nowadays and your classes really taught me a lot so I can be more confident in that area. So keep up the good work mate!
Thanks so much for your time Gil. Nguyen's note: Gil is a super nice guy and an active member on our community slack. I personally think his work is top notch, it's great to see the class help bolster the business and UX side of his work. And help move his career forward.
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