We are so pleased to welcome Nathan Minns, Web Designer, to the team. Nathan brings positivity & new knowledge to our team, and we can’t wait for you to meet him! Read on to learn more about Nathan.
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
I’m from Dublin, Ohio, the city with the biggest corn on the planet.
Where did you go to school?
The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business (what a mouthful!), where I studied business marketing and minored in theatre!
How did you get into design? What areas of design do you like to focus on?
I’m also an actor, and when I started acting, everyone told me I needed to have a website. I found this platform called “WordPress” and just jumped into it when I had no idea where to start. It took a couple of days, but I learned it pretty well. After I made one website, I became the go-to “website guy” for any friends’ websites. I later got a job as an analyst & web designer, and I started freelancing pretty heavily making “no-code” sites.
I tend to focus on the user experience side of things, but as a freelancer with no technical support, I learned a lot about it all. Now, I tend to focus mostly in “sitebuilder” websites so clients can edit the site themselves.
Do you have a code of ethics or a mantra that you live by when doing design work?
To steal from Kelsie’s Welcome Post, I follow the “less is more” mentality. I see that mantra is a lesson in prioritizing. While we would all love it if every user read everything on our websites, the real question often becomes: “would you rather have all of this text on the page and have no one read it, or pick out what is most important and ensure that users will read it?” I prefer to prioritize content and design elements so I can control what the user does on the site.
How do our core values (collaboration, initiative, ingenuity) align with your own?
After freelancing for so long, working alone is easy. In the end, though, it’s easy to miss things when it’s just you. That’s why I value working with a team. I have space to work on what I love to do, and everyone else gets to do the same. And those things often overlap so we can collaborate and put our minds together!
For initiative, I feel like I’ve never grown out of the “why?” phase of life. Most little kids learn that it’s not worth asking “why?” to a lot of things, but I never learned. I often like to ask developers if they can “explain this concept to me like I’m 5 years old.” Once I understand the root of the problem, I’ll keep working until I know how to affect it.
With ingenuity, I’ve also been involved in startups for the last 5 years. With that involvement, I’ve learned that “ideas are cheap–implementation is all that matters.” Through working at different startups around Columbus, I’ve learned how to create ideas that serve both the business and the customer. But I also learned how to implement those ideas to create value.
What do you want to learn in the next 12 months as a designer or about the web development industry?
I want to get more involved in graphic design and standard web design. Historically, I’ve focused on sitebuilders and become a specialist in that software. Now that I know the tenants of design through those sitebuilders, I’m shifting my focus to apply those to blank pages in Sketch and Figma. That way, I can build mockups for larger projects and learn Adobe softwares so I can build brand kits and other graphics!
What is your favorite movie & why?
Get Out is my favorite movie of all time. The intricacies in the acting, script, and staging are incredible. Every time I watch it (going on number 7), I see something else and how it relates to the whole of the (incredibly creepy) story.
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I just got back to the USA from a month living in a small town in Spain where no one spoke English. And I also spent another month traveling around Europe!