Sunday, July 15, 2012

Back to the Drawing Board

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.


  1. I once read a book about overcoming procrastination.. the author said to think of your task as a small child at the end of the tightrope. The child is in danger. What do you do? Well you just figure it out "any old way" and you don't let hesitation hold you back. Now picture the child as your project to learn web design. Perfection will be the enemy of the "good enough." And this is an industry that changes so rapidly, how could learning it possibly be a linear process? So I guess what I'm saying is, you're doing just fine. :)

  2. I just want to write to tell you that you've really inspired me and have given me hope in just the short time it took for me to read through these last few blog entries. I found myself wondering if I was reading about myself! So, thank you so much for sharing your journey.

  3. I feel like I am reading a blog written by me from the future. Because right now I am you ten years ago, not caring about my corporate in-house print design job. thank you for giving me hope!