We all know @barsoverbeats for creating elite 6, ielegance, elite pro, and elite 7. He is a beast at what he does and strives for the best on his themes. A few peeps may think this guy is crazy because of all of the details and pixels he puts into his work, but, do you really know Rob Grohman up close and personal? You are about to take a small tour in the real @barsoverbeats life.
Me (Q) - What/who is the inspiration behind all of your great themes?
Bars (A) - My biggest inspiration is the reaction i get from my fans. I also just love the result of the design. I enjoy the theme on my phone as much the end user.
Me (Q) - When did you decide you wanted to develop themes?
Bars (A) - it started off as a hobby back in 2009. I started out making out making icons and add-ons for other themes. Shortly there after, I decided I wanted to make a theme of my own. You can find a good deal of this history in ModMyi.com :)
Me (Q) - What do you do a day before a theme release?
Bars (A) - There are normally about 3 days that I will not sleep at all. It is usually a pretty rocky time for me. In my eyes the theme isn’t/really/ready, until it’s REALLY ready. So even though most people could be very content with the package, I am still very critical. I strive to impress everyone that sees the design. With that being said, I work very hard leading up to a release in hopes to truly impress the people that are set to purchase the theme. One of these days it will kill me :)
Me (Q) - What is a day like in the life of Rob Grohman?
Bars (A) - If is sleep, at all- I wake up to my wife hollering in an attempt to wake me so i can prepare for my day. I’m hurting… if I had slept or not. I’m getting old. Ha. Get up, get ready, get “the boy” ready for school. Press my clothes for work. Ha. Then get the boy off to school, and head to work. I work as an IT Infrastructure Engineer at a large health insurance company of about 20,000 users. I am responsible for maintaining a “hardware independent image automation” process. In short terms, I automate the initial Operating System/ standard software installs on various model desktops, laptops, and tablet PCs. I wasn’t trained much at all for the position due to coverage restraints. So, google is my best friend. I like “digging.’ I enjoy what i do for work, it’s challenging, and when i make i make things work, it feels good. Days go by fast at the day job. Next thing i know I’m headed home to get the boy off the bus. Homework, Dinner… Then #elite. -repeat
Me (Q) - What message would you like to give all of the photoshop beginners out there?
Bars (A) - Do make it a priority to figure out the vector shapes, and the modifying the vectors. It is so powerful and will really “unleash” your full design potential. I put it off for too long, and I wish i would have really “dug in” sooner. I like to help others that are willing and want to learn these things. I obviously can’t sit and teach everything that i have learned, but when the opportunity arrises, I always enjoy sharing.
Now this guy, deserves respect and admiration. He puts so much into his designs and still handles and manages his personal life. Cheers to you mate!