March 28, 2011, 9:48 PM — Earlier this month, we wrote about a quirky new character profile Website, EightBit.me. Even if you've never heard of Eightbit.me, there's a good chance that you know what Digg.com is. The relation between the two? They were both designed by the same guy.
Addison Kowalski is a Web designer (and Disney fan) who has been the creative force behind various Websites, alongside Web personalities such as Kevin Rose. This was before founding Eightbit.me, a social networking site that uses pixelated avatars and a check-in system. It even has its own iPhone web app (the Android app is in the pipeline).
GeekTech got in touch with Addison to ask him a few questions about his Websites, that Digg design, and making his own music.
GeekTech: You are a designer by trade. What made you decide to become a designer?
Addison Kowalski: While in high school, I took a Flash class and ended up becoming extremely passionate about making cartoons. The cartoons we're terrible, but I was really into making them. After putting together a few I needed a way to put them online, so I invested some time into learning how to build websites and naturally I focused on design.
GT: Which websites you designed or founded so far?
AK: My most noteworthy projects I've been apart of so far have been WeFollow and EightBit.me. I also worked at Digg for a year while they worked on the redesign, and left shortly after.
GT: How is it working for the Digg crew?
AK: It was a blast. My first day felt like my first day in high school. It was a great learning experience and I met some of my best friends there.
GT: How did you come up with the current design? Are you happy with it, or is there still things you'd like to work on?
AK: I focused a lot on the design for new users and their on boarding experience. I spent most of my time there on forward-thinking, and unfortunately we never got to release a lot of that. If it were up to me during the redesign, I would have kept the same look and feel of Digg v3. One of the bigger mistakes we made was just flipping a switch on all of our users, forcing the new redesign. Twitter for instance did a great job changing the design on their users, giving them an option to opt out.
GT: Are there any other designers out there you find particularly inspiring?