Sometimes I feel as if I'm starting my career over from scratch. The transition from print to web, while exciting, has definitely been an adjustment. Since I have no formal training designing user interfaces, I'm attempting to figure it all out on the fly. This is not typically the way I'd like to approach developing new skillz.
In my entire 10 years as a print designer, I rarely pulled out a pencil and sketchbook for brainstorming. I know, I'm a disgrace. I'd do what every designer claims is the absolute worst thing to do (on par with using Comic Sans not ironically)…I'd start designing right on the computer. It was a bad habit that I never broke.
So now that it's almost like I'm getting a fresh start with a brand new career, it's time to start doing things right, even if I don't totally know what right means yet.
It's time for me to pick up a pencil, some markers, and sheets of paper and learn how to wireframe like a boss.
I started this week. And I can already see the benefit of starting out on paper. It helped me be more mindful of what I was creating, paying attention to proportions and dimensions and all that other stuff I'd take for granted by plugging away in Illustrator and Photoshop. (Wait, grids matter? Whoopsie!)
I want to be good at this. At my last job, I didn't really care because I didn't enjoy the work that I was doing. But now? I care. I care a lot. And I want to make work that I'm proud of and that my team is proud of. I want to improve. I want to be deadly. And I realize that it's going to take a lot of effort to get to that point. But I'm willing to do that.