Hello Shana, please tell us a little about yourself?
I'm Shana **waves** and I live in a little ranch house in Ann Arbor, MI with my husband, two dogs, cat and whatever wildlife I happen to be rescuing at the time. I went to school for Fine Art specializing in photography and mixed media and got into web design and design interfaces after college. I love that crazy kind of art where people are like "WHAT?! I don't get it!." I started Pixelgirl Presents in 2001 and Shana Logic in 2004.
Could you tell us about your interest in desktop art? What sparked your interest?
I have a Bachelors in Fine Art so I've always been interested in modern design and art. I'm also totally a computer geek, so it seemed like a natural progression to "curate" an online gallery of artwork!
Why did you start Pixelgirl Presents and how did you come up with the name?
Before PixelgirlPresents.com existed, I noticed that most websites catered to the Windows community. I had a Mac icon set that I had designed for an icon contest and that really got me excited about designing for the Mac interface. There really aren't many sites out there that feature only high-quality, well-designed icons and desktops. And to take that further, there were almost no sites that had items that were made for the Mac interface! I was so tired of wasting time sifting through tacky "hot girl" and "car-themed" wallpapers:-) Basically, I made pixelgirlpresents.com for people like me, who just want to look at good design.
Ah yes, the name...If I could go back into time, PixelgirlPresents.com would have a completely different name! In fact, the only reason why it was called that was that I already had the domain for a personal art site featuring my fashion photography collection. I already owned the domain so voila: Pixelgirl Presents!
Is your desktop always neat and newly styled or does it vary? How do you like to customize your own desktop?
My desktop is for the most part fairly organized but under the surface is chaos!! I have all sorts of folders with random stuff in it from the last 12 years but if you were to look at my desktop itself, it appears like I might have it all neat and tidy;-) I always like a custom icon for my hard-drive and documents folder (normally it's something cute like a bunny, anime character, etc) and I always have my dock hiding on the bottom. I choose 10-15 minimally styled desktops from my site (I do design work so I like them to be fairly subdued in color and texture so that I'm not distracted when I work) and they rotate randomly.
Perhaps you could tell us a little bit about your interest in indie design and how you started Shana Logic?