I really resisted the idea of writing a bit about myself, initially, but this year I was interviewed by newspapers and on radio shows and it seemed weird to not have something up on the place where I ‘live’ my professional life: on the internet. I think it’s also good to have something to link to for the ‘About me’ button.
Who are you?
I am Sebastiaan de With, a
2122 year old freelance designer and one-man company. I specialize in icon and visual interface design and consultancy, but I also design logotypes, and maintain a blog and a website service that teaches you how to design icons. I occasionally do presentations for teams and companies, too, on making apps that are beautiful and fun to use.
I live and work in my own studio in the northern region of the Netherlands, a tiny country in the west of Europe. I love Macs, technology, gaming, reading well-written stuff, mecha, and kittens – but that should be obvious. Everybody loves kittens.
Who do you work for?
I’m hired by small and large companies: independent Mac developers and software companies like Flying Meat, Tony Arnold, Extendmac, as well as bigger corporations like HP, T-Mobile, frog design, Mozilla, Publicis, Apple, and others. I’ve designed icons and interfaces for everything from touchscreen computers and phones to robots and ‘smart homes’.
If you want to hire me, tell me about your project, and I will see if I can help you out. Include as much details as you can about a project, particularly your desired timeframe in which the work needs to be completed. I am often booked full for a few months.
Who do you like?
Big shout-outs to my pals at the Iconfactory, Realmac, Panic, John Gruber, the Apple visual design groups, Macrabbit, doubleTwist, and my friends Louie Mantia, Sean Patrick O’Brien, Jelmar Geertsma, Susumu Yoshida, Wolfgang Bartelme, Bobby Andersen, and much more that I can’t list without turning this into some sort of link paradise. They’re all awesome.
What do you use to do your job?
My main workstation is a Mac Pro, with a 30 inch Cinema Display and a Wacom Cintiq 12WX. I do all my work on the best operating system that’s currently shipping, Apple’s Mac OS X, and design in Photoshop CS5. My websites were created using Adobe Photoshop, Allan Odgaard’s Textmate, Macrabbit’s CSSEdit, and good coffee. They are running on a variety of hosting services by Mediatemple.
On the road, I use a 17″ Macbook Pro, a Vaio UX UMPC and an iPhone 4.
Where did you study?
To make a long story short: nowhere, officially. I dropped out of school, instead enrolling at the local classic academy of arts where I spent 2 years getting frustrated with beginner’s lessons in Photoshop. It was a hard decision to take a leap of faith and all the associated risk, but I left the academy and started my own company to spend all of my time doing icon and interface design. I never looked back; it’s great to be able to do what you love.
What about the blog?
I started this blog in 2007, mostly to post about noteworthy things on the internet and write articles on Mac security and internals and the experiments in code and design I created during my study at the academy of arts. Since then, my focus has changed quite a bit. In all that time, I never properly introduced myself. I guess that’s been fixed now.
The Cocoia Blog runs on the WordPress publishing platform, with my own theme and a chunk of custom code to allow things like related posts, goodie posts, linked items, and the Cocoia footer.