Designer Spotlight – Žan Lete
Here’s our spotlight for Žan Lete (letez). His designs are clean, straightforward and “eye catching;” and he’s excellent at presentation! We’re excited to get to know Žan a little more!
Žan Lete – Slovenija
I’ve been designing for over 10 years, and still counting. Back in 1999, I applied for a job, while still a student, and got one, but not the one I was planning on.
At work, in the next room, there was a team that worked on web pages, and I got a request from a guy to do some magic with logos (by the way, if I didn’t stick my nose everywhere that interests me, I probably wouldn’t be here typing this).
On this particular project, they had a blue background on the page, but they also had logos that were 256 colored .gif’s with a transparent background, exported from white. You can only imagine how ugly they looked on that blue background! One by one, I redrew, vectorized, and exported them back to .gif from that nice blue background.
When I was done, they felt just right…perfect! We were all amazed, including me! After that, they asked me if I had any experience doing web sites. I lied and said, “YES, A LOT!” HA HA! After that I went home, locked myself into my room for a week or two and start learning HTML. And that’s how I started.
I was inspired to design while I was still in school. All of my school mates wanted me to draw for them when we were in art class. I still hate those days! I remember one girl fell in love with me just because I drew her a bird. How weird is that? She also said I should be a painter. While design is my main passion, I also enjoy music and sports.
There are a few design companies/agencies in my country that get a job before it’s even needed, or win the contest before it’s even announced.
The internet has helped me with my graphic design because it gave me freedom! I can choose between thousands of designs posted over the internet and submit my entries only to those I want to submit them to. The internet has given me so much more than any other company ever would.
So far I wouldn’t change anything about the graphic design world, but if I had one wish left on my magic wand, I would wish that every designer got rewarded for spending his time on projects. I am not referring to the money. Sometimes a word, a credit, or just a simple gesture is enough to give us satisfaction and put a smile on our face. Designer self-confidence relies on feedback, comments, and revisions; the better they are, the more helpful they are. The designer will grow within, and designs will grow with him!
I think services like theperfectdesign.com can help me accomplish my design goals because I prefer contest type services over bid type services. I don’t know why, but I simply do! It is nice when you can jump straight to the project if you feel something for it, or you can review other designers submissions any time you like and make contact by posting a comment or giving feedback! If we’ve got another TPD contest service, then we’ve got another winner for sure!