Interview with Chris Wharton

I'm starting a series of interviews with developers and designers from all over the world. Whether they work for a corporation, freelance, or they make stuff as a hobby, I want to interview them! Originally I was going to release a new interview every Monday, however due how hectic and random my weeks are, I'll release a new interview each week.

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to chat with me :) Could you start by introducing yourself a little?

My name is Chris Wharton, I work for myself at 2nd Floor. There are many interesting things about me I'm sure, but when asked I always revert to the same one: I was once David Coulthard in a McLaren photoshoot. No I don't look like him, I was wearing his helmet!

Chris Warton

How did you end up in your profession?

Its something that happened organically. I studied Art & Design at GCSE, Graphic Design at A-Level and then went on to a course at University that was split into 3: Video, Sound and Multimedia (as it was called back then). In my second year I cottoned on to the idea that I'd get the best grade by doing Multimedia and I did. I built a flash game with a friend for my final year project which opened a couple of doors for me. I did a couple of weeks work experience at the BBC and a local mobile games company building Lara Croft's Tombraider levels in Photoshop. I ended up getting a job as a Junior Web Designer in a small studio in my home town, then moved up to Senior Designer. From there I looked for a job with more prospects and bigger clients and ended up managing all of the projects that came in and out of the studio including managing around 10 members of staff. Eventually I got fed up spending my days replying to emails instead of doing what I liked best, designing. So I set up 2nd Floor in 2010 and haven't looked back.

What does your desk look like?

And a range of photos for you...

Could you give us a bit of information on any tools/services that you use?

Well day to day, the CS6 suite, mainly Photoshop and Illustrator. Espresso 2.0 & Mamp for web development, sometimes Sublime Text if I'm doing Ruby on Rails related projects.

What websites do you visit daily?

Google Analytics, sad but true, I'm obsessed with live stats! Dribbble is good and I much prefer it to Forrst now, higher quality of work and higher quality of feedback. ThemeForest to keep an eye on themes that are being released, BBC website for news and Twitter.

Do you have anything awesome happening in the future?

Well it depends how you define awesome. We're working with some massive clients at the moment but the work we're doing will never be attributed to us. We're always keen on promoting our side projects: for... posters and - Premium WordPress themes, which is our most recent side project, only launched in August.

How and where can we find you?

Our website: or on Twitter: @cdwharton or @weare2ndfloor.

Thanks Chris!

Best of luck with your company 2nd Floor and your latest side projects, they both look really cool!

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