This week we are honored to introduce you to Dimi from ThemeFuse. The Romanian team make pixel-perfect premium WordPress themes and achieved a great popularity. We are also proud to say that ThemeFuse has been our official sponsor during the last two great months.
1. Hello Dimi, first of all I would like to thank you for providing WPCrown Magazine with this interview, how are you today?
Hey my pleasure, thanks for having me. I’m great, just arrived in the office, drinking some coffee and making the plan for the week.
2. When and how did you realize that you wanted to be a designer?
Can’t put the finger on it to be honest, I guess it started how it usually starts with self schooled designers, playing in Paint back in the day :), then got fascinated with this awesome software called Photoshop and what it can do. What followed was doing some work for friends and family after that my first full time job as designer and as they say the rest is history.
3. Tell us about ThemeFuse, how did it get started and how did you manage to make it so popular?
ThemeFuse was started by me and 3 others (Bogdan, Alex and Sergiu). We started by selling HTML/CSS themes on ThemeForest (me and Bogdan) back in 2009. After we realized the WordPress will be the future, we found these two great developers Sergiu and Alex and decided to fly solo under the name of ThemeFuse. Regarding the popularity I think it’s a mix of great products that contain creative design plus strong back end functionalities and a top notch after care dedicated support.
4. The workplace means very much for a designer, could you please describe yours?
Don’t know about that but here is a picture a couple of months old with our office when we just moved in. I always see pictures with workplaces and one thing that is not missing from any picture of a designer is the PS3 and Xbox :) Too bad I don’t have the camera on me to send you some picture with our playground. Eh, maybe next time.
5. ThemeFuse’s portolio is full of pixel-perfect themes, but in your opinion, what is the file of which you feel most proud?
I am involved so closely with the design and development that I sincerely couldn’t answer that. I love them all. What I could tell you is that I’m proud that we do some unique and original WordPress themes.
6. Could you describe your typical ‘start to finish’ workflow when working on a new project? What programs do you mostly use?
Let’s see. First we have a meeting and discuss what theme we need to create next based on user feedback and our research of niches and analytics, I will not go on into boring details here. After that the design process starts. I document and search the net for as many sites from that niche as possible. This helps me because I can understand that specific domain much better and can design some cool features that will ultimately help the client. What follows is a set of wire frames of all the pages, another small meeting with the development team (HTML/CSS and WordPress integration) to asses if we have special functionality that needs special attention and only then I start putting the pixels together in Photoshop :).
After the design process is done, it comes to HTML/CSS and then proper WordPress integration.
(All sort of testing and small meetings are taking place until the product in ready to launch to ensure the quality of what we envisioned in the first place)
After the WordPress theme is ready we design the icons, make the screens draft the newsletter for our users and prepare the theme for launch. Think that’s about it :)
As for the programs I most use, Photoshop will come first, then Dreamwaver.
8. Where do you find your inspiration? What are your influences?
A couple of website I follow for inspiration:
9. How do you enjoy your spare time? Have you got any hobbies?
I always enjoy a good night out with friends, or a good book. I also like MMOs (currently trying out Tera) but don’t have too much time for it lately.
10. Once again, thank you for this interview, there are many people who are just starting up on the design world, what pieces of advice could you give to them?
Thanks for having me. As for the advise for the guys that are starting as we speak on this awesome road I’d say that design is not always about what you like and most often is about solving a problem.