An interview with mahestro

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How did you get to where you are today in the designer world?

Working hard, embracing opportunities and taking well-calculated risks.

What is your best strategy for tackling a project or challenge?

Depending on the particular scenario, in the most typical case, I would use three phases: define, design, and develop.

As a copilot, I have the opportunity to be involved from the early stages of a project, which gives me the chance to meet with clients and stakeholders. I use this initial definition phase to learn about their expectations, to know the target audience and make sure I'm identifying the problem properly. Once that is defined, I can move to the design phase where I focus on the problem (s) therefore possible solutions. I'd make sure my proposals are in line with the vision of the client as the desired final product so there are no surprises after the development is done.

How do you keep up with current trends and advances in this field?

Normally, reading design-related news websites and putting my hands on any interesting new software, technique, gadget, that's out there.

What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?

Friends and food, or if you want to put that on a single phrase: Butter Chicken Squad!

Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.

Competing consecutively onsite for three TCOs

If you wrote your own designer profile, what would it say?

Who else could write it? 🙂

Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?

Playing football, working out, swimming in the wild waves of an untamed beach or making people's lives miserable with my awkward jokes. If any of those is not available then eating, that is always an option.

We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.

How do you feel about the TCO18 Finals?

🚀🇺🇲👬👫🏇🎊

How do you feel when you win a Topcoder challenge?

💪🤑🤑🤑

What is your spirit animal?

🐺

What's the weather like at your house right now?

🌥🤒

What are your hobbies?

⚽🏃🏋🎮🎨🏖🏊🎸🎹🛬🌎🍕

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