10 Questions With Pootermobile – WJD Designs
We’re back with a new installment of 10 Questions with Pootermobile! And this time we have double header! An old friend being interviewed + a PlayBook app review! Being interviewed is none other than Wayne Drescher Jr. from WJD Designs! I met Wayne back in the day when I started BlackBerry themeing and he’s always been down to collaborate and help with The World Of Pootermobile on fun projects. Many of you know WJD Designs from his BlackBerry themeing days but there is much more to WJD than BlackBerry themes. Let’s find out exactly what after the break!
To start of the double header we’ll be reviewing WJD Designs’ new PlayBook app called WJD Zone. WJD Zone is a wallpaper gallery where you can download various HAND-MADE wallpapers made by WJD himself. When first opening the app you are presented with some categories each containing some wallpapers. Of all the categories my favorites are the Abstract and 3D wallpapers.
A sample of the Abstract wallpapers
Sample of the 3D Wallpapers
The awesome thing about WJD Zone is that when Wayne adds more wallpapers to the app you don’t have to update the app through App World. All you do is just fire up the app and the new wallpaper magically appears! Now that is super convenient for the wallpapers junkies! And when you place any of the wallpapers as your PlayBook’s wallpaper there is no distortion or lowering of quality. All the images look clear and crisp. If you are always on the lookout for wallpapers for your PlayBook grab WJD Zone from App World. It’s only $1.99 but the quality of the wallpapers and the auto-updating of the app justifies the price.
Click the link below to grab WJD Zone from App World
Now on to the Q&A!
1. Q: What did you do before WJD Designs?
A: I worked many different jobs previously. I actually started out as a computer IT for the school system in my local area fresh out of high school. I knew my way around computers since I was basically a kid growing up around an Amiga and Commodore 64, so computers have been my life. The computer IT job didn’t last long due to new management so I had to get my hands dirty in jobs like being a car detailer. I worked hard for years pulling half pieces of cars out to the metal dumpster and even cleaning some horrific messy cars. The economy took a turn for the worse and I got laid off, which was a hard blow since I was such a hard worker for years. I then went in to a slum getting paid from the government doing nothing, which may sound fun but it was not my cup of tea. During this time is when I purchased my first BlackBerry smartphone, the Storm. I have always been a phone modder since back in the Nokia and Nextel days so having a phone with potential to customize made me happy. Doing some researching I found out about theme design and started doing it to my own phone for fun since at the time designers weren’t cranking out quality. It was a new field for me so I learned the most I could and built on top of what I knew. I then made a few themes that made some serious cash while I got serious praise and that made me seriously happy. I saved money here and there and sooner than later I had enough to form my own corporation to do things right. Working on themes led me on to things like graphic, web, video and even application design. I moved to Android when I purchased the Droid Incredible and have been using Android ever since. I have since made my name apparent in so many spaces of the internet providing the best in design quality while making great relationships with clients and followers.
2. Q: You used to make BlackBerry themes. How did you get into making themes?
A: Wow, so I should have read question two before I wrote all that in the first question… haha!
3. Q: Was a BlackBerry your first smartphone?
A: My first was the Nextel i930 running Winmo before smartphones were so smart.
4. Q: Will you give BlackBerry 10 a chance when it comes out?
A: I give every device and OS a chance (if it comes my way) and I love to check out what is happening in everyone’s backyard.
5. Q: Your app, WJD Zone, is originally for Android. Was it easy to port it over for the PlayBook?
A: It actually was very easy from the start. I am still learning how to build apps with eclipse so porting sounded a little over my head at first but looking over how it was done I knew I could take it on. After minutes I created and signed the bar file and was ready to port the application to my Playbook, which amazed me due to RIM’s track record of things working so smooth.
6. Q: What smartphone are you rocking right now?
A: I rock the Galaxy Nexus and love it to death. The phone’s design along with the quick running Android 4.0 OS makes it a solid phone for my everyday use and stress I put on smartphones. I am sure I will change it within time because that is the kind of power user I am.
7. Q: Most favorite feature of the PlayBook?
Q: The form factor and hardware make me fall in love with it. It feels good in the hand and portability is great.
8. Q: Paintball gun or real gun?
A: It depends on the day and my mood. Every Sunday I hit the paintball courses to let off steam and to make sure my body gets a work out because sitting at a computer all day kills me. I shoot real guns all the time to relieve stress as well. I love practicing my rights and I have to make sure I can protect myself at all costs. Both of these hobbies help my eyes out since I am used to looking close at the screen all day and night, need to keep my eye for detail sharp.
9. Q: Would you ever dance in one of your videos again? -> OS6 Promo
A: Sure, why not? I am the type of person who doesn’t care putting himself out there for laughs. If it helps promote a product or help my business I will be dancing till the sun comes up.
10. Q: Can we expect to see more of WJD on the PlayBook and/or BlackBerry?
A: Depends on how popular the consumer base is. I look forward in making more things for the Playbook but if there is no money to be made then I have to move away. Being a business owner people forget that this isn’t a hobby anymore and this is how I pay my bills, time is money. It also makes it easier if I have the device before I work on them. If RIM is kind enough to hook me up with something in the future then it would help push me to make more things and be a part of more BlackBerry projects. I never know what the future brings but I will make sure that I bring the best in quality of design to every project I can.
Big thanks to Wayne for taking the time to answer the questions and always happy to help out The World Of Pootermobile. Support Wayne and his BlackBerry products so we can keep having quality developers on the BlackBerry platform. For all thing WJD Designs click the link below!
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