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Q&A with Dmitry Baranovskiy

JavaScript Artist working at Adobe

Hi, my name is Dmitry and I am a JavaScript Artist. I currently work at Adobe.

How did you get started in web development? What is your background?

I remember how I was avoiding Internet technology while being a student as some faux hype. I was pretty good with Photoshop and so start working with some group of students, who were doing web stuff. Apparently I am more developer than designer, so pretty soon I was playing with HTML and JavaScript. Today I finally came back to Photoshop, but from the angle I didn’t expect back then.

What are you working on now?

I am supporting/developing Snap.svg and improving SVG export from Photoshop and Illustrator. Aside from that I am designing some icons at Noun Project.

What software do you use for your work?

My main editor is Brackets ( I like the fact that it’s web based and I can easily adjust it to my needs, but I am not religious about it and always open for other solutions. Of course Adobe Creative Cloud, I can’t imagine my setup without Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, despite I am not using them that often.

And what hardware?

My favourite is MacBook Air 11?. New MacBook sounds as a perfect hardware choice as long as it’s paired with any decent at least 27? display. I prefer one big screen to multiple displays, in fact I can’t get multiple displays at all.

What is your ideal work environment?

From my experience I’ve been most productive on train: no interruption, no internet, predefined timeframe, but I wouldn’t want to work on train all the time. I like to work at home and I equally like to work at the office.

Who are the creatives you admire most?

This is tough one. I respect a lot of people in the industry and beyond. The list is to big to bother. “Admire” is a big word and I can’t apply it to anybody, I am afraid… expect my kickboxing coach — he is badass.