An interview with fajar.mln

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Working from home, great income 'almost' every month compares to any working profession in my country, able to communicate and meet the most talented designers and developers from around the world, free to upgrade skills, able to work with fantastic PMs, all those thing changing my mindset on how to live a life.

Do you have a favorite Topcoder customer or project? If so, which customer or project?

IBM, GE, and HP. I've been doing a lot of projects with them, and everything about their projects always exciting!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you within the Topcoder community?

TCO13, I brought a full bag of merchandise from a sponsor for free when going back to home, and then customs in my country thinking that I'm a toy smuggler.

Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.

When I got 2nd place in WordPress themes contest at UI Prototype back on 2008. That was my first time to receive a cash prize from Topcoder.

Best music album to design to?

Parachutes by Cold Play

What books do you recommend?

The inheritance cycle by Christoper Paolini and The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Both are fiction novels.

Who is your favorite copilot and why (and you can't pick yourself!)?

Maybe lunarkid…because he is soo frickin' handsome (Don't forget about your promise to treat me to free lunch for 1 month Dedy)

Do you have a favorite designer/artist or other inspiration?

Chuck Norris, because he is a legend…Hugh Hefner, well, any man should know why :3

As a designer, what is your biggest pet peeve?

Cat, I have 7 cats back at home. Multiply it by 3 if you also count stray cats around my neighborhood.

What are the top 3 applications that you use when you design?

Photoshop, Winamp and Google Translate

If you could design one world - renown item such as the Olympics logo, a new country flag, or redo a massive brand logo such as Coca Cola, what would you want to design and why?

Topcoder logo, I miss the bracket version…Sorry to say, even though the new logo is great, I already falling in love with the old Topcoder logo, I don't want to move on, it feels hurt :v

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

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What is your spirit animal?


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


What are your hobbies?



Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Meituan Dianping

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