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Interview with Blogger Mac Funamizu

By The Pakistani Spectator • Jul 14th, 2008 • Category: Interviews • No Responses

Would you please tell us something about you and your site?

I’m Mac Funamizu. I’m a web, graphic, industrial designer working in Tokyo, Japan. My blog is petitinvention where I showcase my ideas and designs for fun. I like concept design, so in the site I mainly introduce a lot of future gadgets I hope to be able to use. (Some of them are crazy ideas.)

Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?

Yes, I think I’m brushing up my skills by writing in many ways.

I think I can keep doing this because I’m having fun and I can hear so many visitors who drop me comments (positive and negative) and their ideas. Ideas are to be shared.

I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?

When I got job offers. That has happened at least a few times.

What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?

I believe design is to communicate, so by keeping designing, I can communicate with others.

What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?

I don’t know if it’s technology, but I think SNSes are working well in politics.

Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?

SNS certainly gives more chance for people to feel politicians closer, but I believe what really moves people is people, not technology.

What do you think sets Your site apart from others?

I’m trying to design something that tells everything visually. So my ideal post consists of only images and no text, which is not like others.

If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?

the will to make it happen

What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

happiest: when I can feel I’m loved

gloomiest: when I forget the happiest moments

If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for - what would your top 3 choices be?

Stockholm Sweden, Naples Italy and Santorini Greece

What is your favorite book and why?

Grid Systems by Kimberly Elam

That book is my design teacher I always refer to. I have never had a chance to have proper design education, so I’ve been teaching myself through reading mostly and found this book so instructive.

What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?

Character, especially good points

Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?

No.

How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?

Sorry, I’m not interested in earning by blogging.

Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?

If “successful” here means getting a lot of access, not necessarily. In my case, some of the posts that I made within an hour have gathered so many visitors.

What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?

To feel more that everybody is just a click away.

Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

Tina Roth Eisenberg (swissmiss)

(SMASHING MAGAZINE)

(FFFFOUND!)

(Yanko Design)

(Official Google Blog)

Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?

“Future of Internet Search: Mobile version”

http://petitinvention.wordpress.com/2008/02/10/future-of-internet-search-mobile-version/

I’m still surprised to know so many people want to do things more intuitively.

What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?

Unfortunately I have never met a Pakistani or been to the country, but I’ve heard they are hospitable and enjoy hosting foreign guests.

Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?

Yes, everyday. Not only by bloggers but by other designers who are so talented

What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?

Generally people in developing countries are more aware of the importance of life.

What is the future of blogging?

Can I say that I’ll make a post about this in my blog later because I’ve had an idea?

You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?

Blogging lets what’s drawn in my notebook known to the world and I’ve got so many responses. Then I noticed that ideas are to be shared. By doing so, you’ll have more ideas and people have theirs. That’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

What are your future plans?

I’ll keep designing, but recently I started to think of becoming a concept designer.

Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?

I’m really honored to be interviewed by such a notable site. When I started “petitinvention”, I never dreamed of all that happened to me like this because I just wanted to have some fun by designing. Now I have many fans, so I’m having more fun blogging!


 
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