Hello! It’s been a month since our last interview, which means that it’s time for a new one. John Fraskos, our guest, will share with us his insights gained in eight years of experience with web design and WordPress.
Speaking of our previous interview, take some time to read about a more artistic form of design – web illustration. We talked with João Santos about the process of creating artwork, the challenges and the goals of being an artist, and how to stay true to what you love. Learn more here.
When it comes to our today’s interviewee, let’s just say that he knows ThemeIsle pretty well. As a matter of fact, we’ve been working with John for a few years now. He’s the guy responsible for the design workflow of all the beautiful starter sites that you can find in our flagship theme, Neve.
Apart from collaborating with us, John Fraskos runs his own business where he creates theme style presets and templates for Elementor. He’s the author of Style Kits, an add-on that you might want to check out. Who knows, maybe you just found your new favorite WordPress tool.
He believes in leaving something good to humanity through his work, which he already does. When you’re helping others, you can say you reached success to a certain extent. He likes to explore the WordPress ecosystem and find new challenges that make both himself and the end-user happy.
John Fraskos Interview – “The hard part is finding the original creative concept that resonates with the brand”
When and how did you start working with WordPress? Is there an interesting story here?
I first got started with WordPress theme design rather than WordPress itself. Back in 2012, I started uploading theme designs on Themeforest (in .psd format). I eventually met my partner and remote-work buddy, Ram, and we got into theme development for WordPress. After 8 years we are still deep into WordPress.
What’s your technique for staying productive throughout the day?
I usually take quick 5-minute breaks, following the Pomodoro technique. Other than that I think that the biggest productivity booster is the last night’s sleep.
How do you define “being successful”?
Being able to live a healthy, balanced life, while having contributed something good for humanity, through your work.
What do you like to do when you’re not WordPress-ing?
Family time, jigsaw puzzles and nature. I have the great privilege of having a mountain forest outside of my door, so, long nature walks while listening to a podcast are definitely my thing.
What do you wish more people knew about WordPress?
The insane amount of work put by the contributor community worldwide and the diversity of the plugin and theme ecosystem.
Who’s doing things that are just cutting-edge and incredible in the WordPress space right now?
This article was written by Adelina Tuca and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.