Interview with Chris Coyier from CSS-tricks

I had the pleasure of coming up with some silly questions for @ChrisCoyer from CSS-Tricks. Chris offers his insight on bananas, web design and buying domain names on a whim.

1) First off, Do you like bananas?


Oh no. What if I get this first question wrong? The tiny mouse will kill me. The answer kinda sorta not really. I’ll eat a banana, I think they are alright, but I really don’t buy them very often.

2) If you could be any HTML element, what would you be and why?

Definitely <sup>. He’s cool with anybody.

3) Whats your favorite Hex color?


I’m rather partial to #eee – very chill gray. I remember the first one I ever memorized was #900, which is like a deep red. I once asked people a similar question. They grays seem to be popular.

4) How did you get into web design?

It was basically desire and persistence. I have a degree in Graphic Design, but after college I was working in print and had no professional web experience at all. I knew I wanted to work with the web though, so I learned and learned and built websites. Eventually an opportunity came up at a small design agency to be a part web part print guy, and I was able to land it.

5) What is your favorite thing about Web Design?

It’s the satisfaction of creating something that almost anyone in the world can see. I still am amazed when I go through the process of buying a domain and setting up hosting and writing little bits of code and seeing a design take shape on a real website. It’s so damn cool.

6) What do you find most frustrating about Web Design?

Well there is the obvious hair-pulling stuff like cross-browser issues with designs. Nobody LIKES troubleshooting layout problems (at least, that is a normal human being). We’ve already spent countless hours creating a beautiful design. We’ve tried out best to write in standards based code and do smart things. It looks wonderful in all the browsers that have came out in the last 5 years. Then we find that in an ancient browser that inexplicably high number of users still use, the design is mangled. Great… like we didn’t have anything better to do today.

7) Have you ever purchased a domain name on a whim?

Ha! Yes… How about this one? I’ve owned far stupider ones as well, but I’ll keep those to myself =). For the record I’ve never once sold a domain and actually made a profit. Definitely not a get rich quick scheme that it once might have been.

8) What kind of music do you listen to when you design? when you code?


I’ve always hated the answer “I like all kinds of music.” I feel like 95% of people will say that in answer to this question. Well maybe just because it’s true I guess. It’s true for me. Probably my favorite kind of music is old time music. I’ve played in old time, bluegrass, and irish bands in the past. Banjo, mandolin, and guitar mainly. But I really do like all kinds of music. You might catch me listening to Wu Tang in the morning, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers in the afternoon and The Country Gentlemen at night. Lately I’ve really enjoyed Fleet Foxes, Vetiver, and Bon Iver.

9) Any advice for newbies?

Work hard. Being good at anything take either very rare natural talent or ridiculous amounts of practice. I practice. A lot. And I still have a long long way to go. If you love web design, absolutely go for it, the more the merrier. Build websites until your fingers bleed =).

10) Any suggestions on other cool people that should be interviewed on The Design O’Blog?

How about some students who are right in the middle of their education. That might be interesting. To find out why they chose design, how they are liking it so far, what they think their future might be like…