As you might guess from the domain my name is Dustin Wilson. I personally describe myself as a graphic artist as I can not only design but illustrate. I hail from swelteringly muggy West Monroe, Louisiana, but don’t let that stop you from reading ahead. I mostly keep my website dehumidified.
My youth was spent doodling in three-subject notebooks. I was born with the bug, so to speak. I became interested in graphic design when my father bought an Apple Macintosh II in 1988 with what was then called Aldus Freehand and later Adobe Photoshop. While I have many years professional experience as a designer I’ve lived art and design my entire life. I don’t just do this for a living like many do; it is simply part of who I am.
“It’s the Web, Stupid.”
While I have done everything from conventional print design to screen printing to desktop application design my real passion lies with the Web. From the moment I first used a Web browser I’ve been hooked. I was involved in the Web standards movement in the late nineties and early aughts, building my websites while adhering to standards when it wasn’t cool. I spoke out when standards weren’t being followed, and cheered when progress was made toward compliance. I started using Opera as my main browser before Firefox even existed because it followed the standards and offered me features impossible in other browsers. Things changed. Browsers improved their standards support. We won, and when we got what we wanted everyone pretty much gave up on the Web when cooler things arrived — namely mobile applications. This was combined with a second punch of the collapse of self-publishing. People drifted to social media websites like Twitter and Facebook instead of writing in their own blogs and commenting on others’. Eventually, even some browsers gave up on advancing the Web in their shallow attempts at trying to become more popular, shooting themselves in the face in the process as they eliminated what made them different and attractive to their audience in the first place.
I’m not guilty of giving up on the Web. I saw the phone application gold rush for what it was: a fad. However, I’ve been guilty of giving up on blogging. In the previous incarnation of this website I wrote that I was going to write about design and my illustrations. I didn’t even write much on that because personal issues prevented me from doing so. I gave up writing about technology and the Web because I felt as if there were better people out there than me to write about it. Now there are few people writing about it at all — especially from a designer’s perspective. There needs to be a new Web standards movement. I want to resume writing about Web technology in addition to whatever else interests me so I can play my very small part in making that happen.
I’m currently seeking both long and short term projects.
Email me if you want to hire me for a contract or full time position. My selected work is viewable on this website, and my résumé is available for your perusal. I also have a vCard if you want to save my contact info into your device.