Interview with leading Messenger skinner, Will Ingles


Posted by absorbation on Sun 26 Apr 2009 (23:10 GMT) (3575 views)
If you know anything about skinning, you must of heard of Will Ingles, who has been the most active skinner using the engine of Messenger Plus! Live. He has created some of the most unique and popular skins for Windows Live Messenger, and I can even remember him when he was skinning MSN Messenger 7. Passion, time and polish goes into each skin he creates and thus his work is usually set as a benchmark for any skin you see in Messenger today. Mynetx managed to get an interview with Will to learn more about his work:

mynetx: Skins - good word. Is cus­tomiz­ing the Mes­sen­ger in­ter­face fun for you? Or a se­ri­ous busi­ness? Or in be­tween?

Will: Well a bit of both re­al­ly. Orig­i­nal­ly I start­ed skin­ning as a hobby so that I could help im­prove my abil­i­ties as a mul­ti­me­dia de­sign­er. I was hop­ing that by work­ing with an es­tab­lished user in­ter­face I would be able to gain a deep­er un­der­stand­ing as to how the user in­ter­prets UI’s.

I never re­al­ly ex­pect­ed to be doing it for that much main­ly be­cause I didn’t think that au­di­ence was big enough at the time. But it seems that has changed in re­cent times so now I do treat it more se­ri­ous­ly.

But yeah for the most part there is still the orig­i­nal sense of fun which at­tract­ed me to doing it in the first place.



View the rest of the interview at Mynetx's blog

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