How self-taught web developer, Pixelized, broke into design

Allison S. Gremillion

Emmanuel Chappat (aka Pixelized) is a self-taught web developer and designer who spends 80% of his time coding and 20% designing.

He stumbled upon 99designs while looking for a way to widen his design experience and skills — two things we love to help designers’ broaden in our community! Check out his personal website here.


Name: Emmanuel Chappat
Location: France
99designs handle: Pixelized
Projects won: 4

How did you get started in design?

I did not study design in school. I started web designing on my own because I wanted my personal website to look better. I am currently a full time freelancer and I spend 80% of my time coding and 20% designing.

I stumbled upon 99designs when I was looking for a way to broaden my web design and development experience. Right away, I was hooked on the concept.


Describe your design style.

I have alway been a hybrid of developer and designer so that gives me a practical, logical if you will, approach when designing a site.

This turns out to be particularly important in web design — websites are not made to just look good like you would expect from a piece of artwork, but rather to deliver an experience in the most efficient way. The ultimate goal is to have the user forget about the design so he is absorbed in the experience.


What led you to start using 99designs?

99designs really helped me bring my freelancer career to the next level. I have some clients that found me through 99designs with whom I still have relationships.

Today, I’m making a good living from my passion and 99designs played a major part in that evolution.


What do you think is the most important part of the design process?

The most important part of the design process is to gather the client’s message and build something that delivers their message to the target audience in the most efficient way.

Also, since I only design websites, it’s important to acknowledge the technologies that will eventually bring this design to life.


In your opinion, what are the key differences that separate great design from poor or mediocre design?

I believe that in order to be an efficient designer you must not only master your design tools, but also the final support. For instance, in web design it is as important to know how to use Photoshop and is just as important to know what HTML, CSS and JavaScript allow us to do in order to find creative solutions.

This can be transferred to other design fields as well — an architect must know the materials, their properties and technical restrictions just like a graphic designer would have to think differently about a packaging design.


What is a hobby that you enjoy doing outside of graphic design?

I love coding, and that takes up most of my free time. I like working on personal projects or just learning new technologies, so it’s somewhat professionally related. Although, I do enjoying jogging a lot.

The author

Allison S. Gremillion
Allison S. Gremillion

Based in San Francisco, Allison (Alli) Stuart works as Head of Community Marketing at 99designs. When she's not writing articles and communicating with designers, she is working on her Children's Book. She also enjoys extreme sports, like sky diving and traveling to new places. Alli has a Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University, her home. Geaux Tigers!

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