Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I am Anne. Also known as the CSS fairy on dA.
A while ago, I was a Gallery Moderator for deviantART related but these days I am just an old grumpy senior and lurk most of the time. Most people know me for me tutorials and journal/gallery skins... I guess.
Outside dA, I am a Communication Designer/Webdesigner and love to design and craft things. My latest passion is working with plywood. It gives me time away from computer screens. I also love gardening or just spending some time with my "little" monster (aka dog).
How did you discover deviantART? What made you stay?
I was introduced to deviantART by ~Aeyolscaer. We knew each other from a different community already and she mentioned dA several times. Back in 2005, I thought I could give it a try as well and after I left that other community, I stayed at dA as I got more and more involved. First you are unsure if you will stay or not... you just lurk around, but the more you get to know people and make friends, you can't just leave that place again.
Did you immediately jump into the skin community? If not, how did your interest originally spark?
No. I think about one year later, after I joined, the ability to skin journal skins was given. Before only a few members had been able to customize their profiles. Around that time I still was a student learning communication design, which involved CSS and all that stuff. The interest in CSS and skinning (as part of the education I was going through) has always been there, but when dA allowed this kind of customisation I just wanted to play around with it at a smaller scale.
Back then there haven't been many people doing skins (mostly because it was pretty new) and I did a few skins for friends and contests. After a while I created this account just for skins, to separate personal art and free skins, and got more and more requests. During the first time I still did them for free, which means you get requests all the time and somehow I never stopped with creating skins. Mostly because I realized how much I improved through it. In the end it was kind of a continous thing and no "aha-moment" that made me stick to skinning.
In your opinion, what makes a journal skin perfect?
If it works.
Well this is a difficult question for me, somehow. As a designer, I have my personal preferred style, but then there are so many things you want to try and that you like as well. It's always a matter of does the result fit the purpose? I see so many skin that seem perfect to me, yet I wouldn't use them, because they aren't me.
Perfect would be something that can't be improved, but skins offer so many possibilities and you can try so many different things, that it is nearly impossible to compare one with the other. Theme, layout and code must be one unit and fullfill their 'mission', then it would be something I would consider perfect.
You currently run the massive center for all dA Related coding help #eCSSited. Do you have a goal to teach more deviants about the beautiful things CSS can do to their profile/gallery/journal skins?
Not a goal as such. I know how difficult it is, when you are interested in something but lack the feedback or resources to improve and that's why #eCSSited was built up years ago. Of course I could just go on providing tutorials and resources at my own acount, but as I am very varied with what I do, it is easier to have one place that is dedicated to one thing and that helps to find what you are looking for quickly. And that way other people can contribute to it as well.
Those that started improving through #eCSSited are now helping those that are new and just got started. It's nice to see how everyone tries to help other people and of course to keep #eCSSited as such a great ressource. Working with HTML/CSS is something you either like or don't. Some people might be able to edit codes, some will be able to write it from scratch and others will be scared by it until the end of time. For all those people #eCSSited should be a place to still get what they want. Be it resources to get better, be it to get in contact with people who can help out with a small bug they can't fix or be it commissioning someone to get a personal skin.
So if I wanted to set a goal, it's not the teaching but the gathering of resources and people
When coding, what is your focus? (a technically flawless work, a subtle masterpiece, something original?)
My aim when creating a skin is to have a clean, bug free code that would be easy to edit and to understand. I don't like clustered things, I don't like fragments that aren't needed and I don't like things to be overly complicated. Of course you sometimes have to go for more code to get a certain result, but still I try to figure out new ways to keep it to a minimum.
I am sure I could do much more fancy stuff with the free skins I produce, but if there is too much going on, it will just confuse people or increase the chances for bugs if something is not used correctly.
In the end I try to optimize my code with every skin I do, so that less code is needed in general, but also less code for those who will use it.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Not really, can't think of anything right now. Maybe just glitter and cake for everyone!!
Oh and if anyone has some spare points. Donating them to ~c2s2-support to help #eCSSited</a> would be highly appreciated!