An interview with diferentway

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Topcoder has allowed me to learn from great designers and set a goal, to win them šŸ™‚ It is a hard path but a beautiful one.

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

Customers that bring us very innovative projects and are very open about new proposals. It is more enriching for competitors like me who sometimes bring ideas a little out of the ordinary. Sometimes too much xDD

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

Going out to dinner with Luis (mahestro) and other Topcoder members in New York and seeing how he was able to eat 3 huge plates of food + half of mine, X beers and have room for 3 glasses of strawberries and cream. A great guy.

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

To have lived a life that has made me a decent, skillful and pragmatic person. All punctual achievements are just flashes that come and go. Being proud of oneself is a constant light.

Best music album to design to?

Portishead – Any Album

What books do you recommend?

Dilbert's comic strips books šŸ™‚

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

Iā€™m happy to work with Lunarkid, maroosh, fajar.mln or Systic. But all copilots overall do a good job trying to help and clarify details and questions, sometimes better, sometimes meh! xD

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

Massimo Vignelli

As a designer, what is your biggest pet peeve?

Not having everything in his best state. Apps, drivers, hardware.. Maybe I've learned it in my job, that if you have the best tools and the best work environment and work does not come out, you should try harder without excuses.

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

Sketch – Axure – Photoshop

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?

Definitely the Yahoo logo, brand and everything. Even after the redesign they did, I still seem ugly, obsolete and lacking in charisma. Maybe they hit the spot and I'm wrong but I've never really liked it.

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

How do you feel about the TCO17 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?



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

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