Together We Thrive, an Interview with David Blatner

Together we thrive, an interview with David Blatner (CreativePro Network) and the first interview of many for the Hireillo Interview series conducted and edited by Darren Di Lieto (Hireillo). Topics covered include how David got into publishing, communities, making the most out of conferences and events, and many other issues.

Interview recorded at 10 am PDT (Woodinville, Washington) and
concurrently at 6 pm BST (Leicester, United Kingdom) on Tuesday 12th October 2021.

Video note: I’ve been conducting interviews with world-famous illustrators, art directors and agents for almost 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve done a live video interview, so you’ll have to excuse my nervousness. Also, I stupidly put my questions on post-it notes above my monitor and camera rather than on cards. All that aside, I think it went pretty well, and I do appreciate I lucked out with having David for my maiden video interview, and I hope you enjoy it. Here’s to the next one. – Darren Di Lieto


Interviewee: David Blatner

David Blatner is the President of CreativePro Network and the author of 15 books on topics such as InDesign, Photoshop, the number pi, how aeroplanes work, and the size of the universe. He is also the author of many video courses, including “InDesign Essential Training” at LinkedIn Learning.

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Interviewer: Darren Di Lieto

Trained traditionally as an illustrator and graphic designer, Darren is the founder and creative director of Hireillo, aka Hire an Illustrator, a community and service for illustrators established in 2005. He spends his days (and many evenings too) advising, promoting and helping illustrators find commissions while guiding them to further their careers and maintain professional standards.

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Hireillo is an independent organisation whose sole purpose is to do right by its members while leading the charge for the betterment of freelancers and the illustration industry it represents.

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