Interview with Joel Lavington of halostar.co.uk

[GfxD] What is your REAL name?
[JL] Joel Lavington

What is your date of birth?
21st September 1986

Where are you from - tell us a bit about yourself?
From the United Kingdom, in a city called Bath (near Bristol) in the South-West.

Describe briefly a typical day that you go through?
Well, i'm at school at the moment, so that's pretty much what I do during the day. I also find time for skating, playing bass guitar (in a band) and messing about on the computer.

What is your nickname/handle and what's the story behind it?
Well, for a long time I have used 'Fat Rabbit', as I have a rabbit, ironically though he ain't fat.

What is the name and address of your website?
http://www.halostar.co.uk - Halostar, a site to showcase my skate deck designs.

Is this your first website? And how long have you had it for?
No, I have also designed http://www.soundflounder.com, but Halostar is a pretty recent site (within the last month).

Do you have any other sites that we should know about/be on the look out for in the future?
Well the Sound Flounder one, which I mentioned in the above question.
I'm also thinking about a personal website to showcase some of my works in Photoshop.

Do you design and create all of your art/images/layouts?
Yes, for the skate deck designs I have a deck template which I follow and design onto.

What programs do you use to create your work?
Mainly Photoshop, Freehand and Illustrator.

When designing do you use plug-ins and filters and if so what are they?
I don't really use Plug-Ins (I really should), but I use filters qutie a bit, such as the 'Cut-Out' option, which looks pretty trendy, and helps to reduce the number of colours on a skate deck.

Do you use programming languages on your site such as ASP, PHP, CGI etc.? If so, tell us how you learnt them?
Pfft, not at all! I don't have time to learn languages such as these, but I have a respect for those who put the effort into learning them.

What type of content do you have on your website?
It's mainly a place to showcase the Skate Deck designs, but you can also submit your pictures, art and music.

What's your site's traffic levels like? Give us your average hits/visits statistics?
I'm not sure exactly, but considering it's a new site, we get a steady flow.

Give a brief description of why we should visit your site? What does it offer?
Halostar showcases new skate deck designs, but is also a place to chat with others, and submit your own art, photos and music!

What is your favorite food?
Probably something Pasta based.

Favorite desert?
Lots of Ice-Cream!

Favorite videogame?
Classics like Monkey Island.

Favorite artist/band and music genre?
I have lots of bands which I listen to a lot - Primus, Sekta Core, Red Hot Chili's, Tenacious D, Zero 7, Incubus etc.
I alos enjoy listening to bass guitar greats such as Victor Wooten, Ray Riendeau, Les Claypool, Stanley Clarke, Rocco, Jaco Pastorious - buy one of their albums today, incredibly impressive and inspiring!

Favorite color?
Orange (but not so bright it blinds you).

What are your Likes?
Bass Guitar, Music.

What are your Dislikes?
Mini Goths or stupid kiddies who play Tony Hawks and think they can skate.

Favorite website(s) you visit besides yours and why?
http://www.tutorialforums.com - great info resource, http://www.tabcrawler.com
http://www.basstabarchive.com
http://www.talkbass.com - are great music resoruces.

Who is your host and why have you chose them?
www.34sp.com - cheap but very reliable, great support too!

Do you make any money from your site?
Not at this moment.

Has your site ever been hacked or stolen? If so tell us more:
Nope - don't even bother.

How long are you usually online for per day?
Anywhere from 2-4 hours.

Tell us about some of your online activities that you like to do?
Sometimes play computer games.

Tell us about some of your offline activities that you like to do?
Skate, Play in a band etc.

What do you think of the Biomutation website?
Think it's cool, especially that game they're making (?!)

Closing Remark:
Thanks for reading this far! Anyway, don't be put off by any critisism you may get, take it in a good way and use it improve yourself or your work! Me and a few other design firms are looking into creating a joint forum project, so that should be cool, and also - look out for my personal website coming soon!