I'm Russ - AMA

Discussion in 'Ask Me Anything' started by Russ, Aug 12, 2018 at 1:24 AM.

  1. Russ

    Russ Administrator

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    Hey, I'm Russ! :D

    A little background on me, I'm the founder of the :russ: smiley and a proud supporter of the :coffee: smiley. Worked in banking for quite some time where I left and started styling on XenForo which led to me doing it full time.

    So... ask away :tup:
     
  2. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Administrator

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    Which software products do you use for style development?
     
  3. Russ

    Russ Administrator

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    Photoshop
    Illustrator
    Notepad ++ (can't seem to kick it)
    Flow (project management)
    I think I'm actually switching to Redbooth from Flow here in a bit, I really like what they have to offer there.
    I like to keep things pretty simple...
     
  4. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Administrator

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    I know the feeling :)

    Another question, how does XF2 compare to XF1. After the learning curve is it a significant improvement? Do you think it'll improve productivity?
     
  5. Russ

    Russ Administrator

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    Huge improvement. I was just looking up when I released my first style for XenForo and it was 3 days after the first public version was available https://xenforo.com/community/threads/xfstop.5701/ so I've been coding quite a long time. The learning curve for XF2 didn't take too long, I started out basically trying to destroy the style and learn the color palette, then went onto how the templates worked and the new functions that were introduced in XF2. I'm still trying to learn new things every day.

    A lot of my customers know this about me but if they ask a question I'll do my best to figure out the answer for them and usually supply the code :D, a big part of that is because things I don't know intrigue me so I usually like to look into how it's done.
     
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  6. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Moderator

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    What is the best xf style by another designer that you have seen?
     
  7. Russ

    Russ Administrator

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    I'd have to say my favorite is xenFracture by the original ThemesInc.

    https://xenforo.com/community/threads/themesinc-com-new-styles-now-available.14306/

    I ran my first gaming community powered by XF using that style and really enjoyed it. It's sad to see them leave as they had some really nice styles. It's also even more sad to see what happened to the style after that...

    1. Passed to John (who left XF as well)
    2. Sold to some random guy who had no plans of updating it, and in fact, just threw up affiliate links to another XF third party styling company trying to make any extra penny he/she could
    3. Sold to Allan who left XF as well
    I contacted Allan a few months ago to see if I could get the "rights" off of him, figured it'd be a nice place for the style to end up at :D. It has been passed around so many times it just seemed like the least I could do I suppose.

    I'd obviously make significant changes and it would go on our framework but I think I could make that into a nice looking 2.0 style :).
     
  8. The Sandman

    The Sandman Administrator

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    What are the top 3 requests you get from your customers?
     
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