March 3, 2013
If you want to make something because you think it will be awesome, go for it. Whether you hit a home run or strike out, you’ll still get better at batting.

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Make a mock up facebook layout for fun? Get job offers.

A while ago I read an article on BI (anyone who’s read my past blogs can tell I frequent the site a lot) that showed pictures of a mock up new facebook lay out. It was made by an Australian designer named Fred Nerby, he did it for fun.

Tonight, as I was scrolling through BI I noticed that they’d done a follow up piece, talking about how Fred Nerby’s life had changed after his mock design went viral. According to the article, while his redesign never got any real traction with facebook, it gained him massive attention, and accordingly, lots of job offers.

I think it’s awesome that this happened to him. One, it speaks of the power of social media, but two, it shows us that trying something different will pay off. If you have a talent, use it, you never know who’s watching and where it could take you. That’s a great thing to be aware of.

Check out some of the screen shots that earned him his well deserved buzz. (all photos courtesy of Fred Nerby/Behance)

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Do you like this layout better than the real one?