If you’re a book blogger or you’re looking for someone to design your blog/website, you might have heard of Hafsah Laziaf. She’s a blogger at Icey Books and the designer between Icey Designs. In her portfolio she’s designed the websites of authors like Ann Aguirre and Lindsay Cummings as well as designed the covers for lots of different beautiful books. Personally, Hafsah’s one of the bloggers I’ve looked up to for a long time now so I’m really excited to interview her here on RealityLapse!
1) What made you want to be a designer? How did you start learning how to do what you do?
Designing wasn’t something I decided to do, per se. It was more of a why not? type of thing. I’ve always had a fascination with design, and I usually attribute it to my dad’s knack for interior designing. I believe that, paired my own love for the web and learning spurred me to learn coding and design.2) What’s your favorite tool to use?
My favorite tool is Photoshop. I love taking a blank canvas and designing a mockup for a new client. Even more, I love snipping it up and putting it together in a working website.3) What was one of your favorite projects/websites to work on?
I love every single one of my designs, and I have a few favorites that change all the time. One of my favorites would have to be Heidi Sinnett’s Wordpress-run site. The whole chalkboard typography—which was handdrawn, by the way—was a challenge, but I loved it.4) Who’s your favorite client to have worked with?
Oh, I love all my clients! No one is less than fun to work with, because everyone has different ideas, and it’s a wonderful feeling to embark on that journey from nothing to something.5) What project are you the most proud of?
Hmm, I’d have to say my own website: IceyDesigns. It was a task to make it mobile responsive, but I love the way it turned out—clean, functional, and professional!6) What inspires you outside of cyberspace?
Print design – whether it’s an ad in the newspaper, a book cover, or a product label. Good design is more than pretty graphics, typography and layout is very important, too, and I’m always studying the way companies portray their goods. I love those designs that make me pause and that’s usually where I’ll find inspiration!7) What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced so far?
One of my biggest challenges was creating my own WordPress theme. Creating one that I could easily incorporate a design into, and one that would still be functional for my clients, wasn’t easy, and I was surprised when I realized I could do it.8) What advice do you have for aspiring web designers?
Get ready to learn. Technology is a constantly evolving world that requires learning all the time. There’s a new concept every day, which means new codes to learn, new trends to take into consideration, and new systems. If you’re open to constantly learning, then web designing could be for you. Oh, and don’t imitate another designer. The whole point to being a designer is to share your own art in web form—and no two artists ever create the same piece.
Thanks so much to Hafsah for doing this great interview!
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