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An Interview with Graphic Designer Fabio Sasso

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Fabio Sasso is the talented Brazilian Graphic/Web Designer behind design blog Abduzeedo.com, and one of the creative minds behind design studio, Zee. Fabio is well known for his amazing tutorials and articles, that often showcase amazing Photoshop effects and explain various techniques for creating vibrant designs. I caught up with Fabio to ask him a few questions…

Fabio Sasso

Hi Fabio, let’s start with an introduction. What is your background and what do you do?

Fabio Sasso: I’m a graphic designer, I have a degree in graphic design, however I’ve been working with internet and web design since 1999. That was the beginning of the internet here in Brazil.

Abduzeedo

You have also established a good web presence with your design blog Abduzeedo, how did the decision to establish this site come about?

Fabio Sasso: I started Abduzeedo in the end of 2006, it’s a quite crazy story because I never planed to have a blog. But one day in the end of 2006 my office was robbed and they took my laptop and my 2 external hard drives where I used to backup my files and keep all my experiments, and inspiration references. So I started abduzeedo for 3 reasons, first and most important, to backup my files. Then to create more networks and then to promote my work, so I could get more work and buy a new laptop again.

Abduzeedo is known for constantly pumping out great design content. Where do you and your fellow authors find your post ideas?

Fabio Sasso: Actually we’re always looking for inspiration, it was the same before the blog, but now we organize them in posts. Of course we had to look for content more often. One thing that has helped a lot is that we’ve been receiving a lot of emails with links to great portfolios and artworks. That makes our lives much easier.

Abduzeedo Bokeh Tutorial

I notice you enjoy experimenting with various visual effects in Photoshop/Fireworks, does this knowledge of digital art also come in handy when designing websites?

Fabio Sasso: When it comes to web I think the most important thing is to understand what the audience wants, and of course for me that’s the content. Web design is much more than the visual part of the site, it’s a clear and optimized code, it’s the usability. I believe the interface has to be transparent. But of course we can spice up the layout with some effects, and then those experiments always come in handy.

Zee

As well as being a prominent blogger, you also offer design services through your company, Zee. How is your daily routine split between personal designs and client projects?

Fabio Sasso: I have a great team behind Zee and now with Abduzeedo and that helps me a lot. We try to focus on what we’re the best at. That way we can come up with good works and be happy.

Of course, my routine is quite crazy. I wake up pretty early, 5:30-6am then I keep working unitl midnight. My mornings are always for abduzeedo work while the afternoons for other projects.

Fabio Sasso Illustration

Is there any particular application, style of work or technique that you’re currently experimenting with?

Fabio Sasso: In terms of the style, I’m always trying different things, now in terms of technologies and apps, I’ve been playing more and more with HTML 5 and CSS 3 in terms of web design. Also I’ve been helping the guys over at Pixelmator providing some tutorials and learning the tool as well.

Fabio Sasso Illustration

Do you have any plans for any new websites or blogs, or any exciting ideas you’re looking to put into practice in the near future?

Fabio Sasso: The new version of Abduzeedo is almost done, we will be releasing it pretty soon. Also we have an iPhone app for those looking for great inspiration like us :)

We have other ideas in mind but it’s too early to talk about them, but our focus is on the design community and ways to make our lives easier and have more fun at what we do.

Fabio Sasso Illustration

Finally, please list out any social networks where users can find you and connect.

Twitter: Twitter.com/abduzeedo
Facebook: Facebook.com/abduzeedo
Website: FabioSasso.com
Blog: Abduzeedo.com

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

  • http://www.dzinepress.com Dzinepress

    really helping.

  • http://twitter.com/alidesigns Ali Designs

    Enjoyed reading this short interview, bloody bastards who robbed his laptop AND his back-up HDDs!!

  • http://www.jadgraphics.net Jad Graphics

    Fabio is the man!

  • http://www.xozan.com xozan

    waitin for new version of Abduzeedo………

  • http://www.xozan.com xozan

    what is the meaning of Abduzeedo??? :-?…

    • http://richworks.x10hosting.com Richie

      Abducted by Design… pretty rad, huh!

  • http://www.chrisspada.com Chris Spada

    Looking forward to seeing Abduzeedo re-designed.

  • http://www.nymphoez.com Abraham

    Great Interview.

  • http://www.SohTanaka.com Soh Tanaka

    Fabio is awesome and very talented. His blog is def one of my favs.

    Thanks for the interview

  • http://bonezdesign.net/ Patrice Poliquin

    Always been an inspiration for me! Love Abduzeedo.

  • http://www.freesocialicons.com/ Social Icon Library

    Woot nice interview Fabio is the best, love his design work.

  • http://skillz-community.net Shurandy Thode

    Great interview. I love the story behind Abduzeedo though it can be frustrating losing 2 external hdd’s and a laptop. Rock on Abduzeedo keep moving forward!

  • http://all-for-design.com All for Design

    Fabio is one of these guys who show the way…
    Abduzeedo is one of my favourite blog. I check it up every day for finding my daily inspiration’s cup.
    Very fresh and informative interview !

  • http://www.hellomynameisjuan.com/ kilinkis

    cool! i like his art

  • http://milkomelian.wordpress.com Milko Melian

    He is a truly inspiration for every designer.

  • http://richworks.x10hosting.com Richie

    Fabio, the man!!

  • http://Www.brunopassos.co.uk Bruno passos

    Great interview, great professional! It makes ne very proud of being brazilian!
    Fabio, muito bom cara! Muito sucesso!

  • http://www.quickenwebsites.com Quicken Websites

    Nice interview! Reminded me do backup my work in more then one place)))
    I am a follower) Thanks.

  • http://www.xaby.com Web Design Singapore

    Inspiring! and its a good idea to interview designers which makes this post a better read.

  • http://projoomla.info joomla

    Fabio is very talented wish i was this good lol. thanks

  • http://Arttut.com Arttut

    Really, it’s amazing and inspiration blog. Thanks for the interview

  • Sincere Neter

    Yes I love that site it’s very helpful for us beginers … ThAnks….
    Peace…

  • http://www.psprint.com/ Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    It was nice meeting Fabio…..One thing that I like about his designs is that he is not afraid to use bright colors…..Abduzeedo and Fabio combo would inspire a lot of new designers..Way to go Fabio!

  • Dragyn

    Looking forward to the new Abduzeedo and I am always looking for new designs that inspire creativity:)