To help internalize some of the adages found in Steal Like an Artist.. I made sketchnotes.
quick photoshop digital sketch – flowers inexplicably floating on wood in space
I really, really don’t believe in the segregation between so-called “Desktop” and “Mobile” UX’ers.
A large portion of my work has and still is web design. When the rise of mobile came, some constantly made a point to hint that’d I’d be out of a job along with all the other “Desktop” designers.
Guys, don’t buy into it.
Learning how to create effective desktop AND mobile experiences isn’t binary.
At the crux of it all, the most important thing is to use the platforms. Get your hands on an Android and play with some highly regarded apps. Slow down in your iPhone consumption and notice the interactions. If you need to do a little Windows work, take a bloody Surface home and use it as if it were own.
As for the web, use the internet. Use the internet and notice what works. Observe which sites are “copying” interactions from each other. Chances are, if you see that interaction everywhere, there’s some charm behind it. Look outwards and hoard every visual and interaction worth stealing for any platform.
It totally pisses me off when there’s a post for “Mobile Designer” as if a “Desktop Designer” can’t do the job. Similarly to how I believe internet designers should code in a know-how capacity, if anyone were motivated enough to take on a project, he or she could just spend some quality time trying it out, failing once or twice, and become really great at it.
Also, there needs to be just about 4 more hours in a day because it’s 2am again. Also, these are just my opinions and not my employer’s something something legal-ease.
Prints for sale on Society6 -
I’ve never tried to monetize my art since I never believe it’d sell or that I’d feel like a sell out. Maybe this is the correct assumption, but it’s time to start trying. If one day this becomes what I do all the time, then today is a monumental day in trying to get there.
Also, this link gets you free shipping until the 13th.
Sometimes I draw myself.
For some reason, I decided all the webcomics would be on its own account, but I will reblog them on this main one until it fades away or overtakes readership here.
Practicing What You Preach
Nearly 2 months ago, I made this account declaring I’d start a webcomic. Today the day has come! It’s a nice sunny day in fall San Francisco, and I’m too sick to interact with anyone. /sniffle
Lately, I’ve met and reconnected with folks who follow me on social media which is strange for this reason: my social media profile is mostly happy peppy try-to-be-intelligent idealistic. However, not everything goes so well all the time, so to be engaging in a conversation about methodologies I wish I used more often or art I wish I did more often sometimes pains me a little on the inside.
Sometimes we forget there is a person behind the 140 characters.
The beginning of Fall is my true New Year. It’s around this time I’ve reflected on my career, finished degrees, and asked the hard questions.
This time, I tell you my Personal Vision 2014 and Beyond. Just kidding, these are simply things I’ve figured out for myself.
Be honest with yourself
When explaining what I do for a living, I kept following up with this corollary—One day, I’m going to retire and become an artist.
This was always the ten year plan, a far cry in the distant future, so shining.
I asked myself, have you looked at your own work? It’s heavily sketch, heavily art, my best design pieces were always the artiest ones. You don’t need to use a watercolor pencil for your wireframes people. In fact, that’s totally absurd.
People, first and foremost, think of me as a great sketcher, not a great designer.
Granted, I think I’m all right at design. Though, I think it’s the same as how Lady Gaga had a fantastically trained voice pre-Lady Gaga. That didn’t get her very far.
That’s how I feel about my designs these days. I’m not sure if I can get that far. I’m not sure if I want to get that far.
It’s a balancing act
Throughout this entire self reflection process, a smart fellow reminded me that identity is a constant struggle—No one figures it out all at once. There’s always some amount of back and forth.
Maybe this time next year, I’ll look back at this post and think “Boy, what kind of funk was I in?”
To declare what I aim to do today does not define what I’m bound to do for the rest of my life or even the year after.
I realized life itself is iteration, really.
It’s very okay to be in this state. This state of not liking what I used to like doing as much.
The impossible is totally possible
Previously, I’ve said all it took was an email. I’m going to say it once more—Having a hand in putting design event together is and was, in fact, a bunch of emails!
On the same note, when the possibility of putting together a friends-centric gallery showcase, that possibility lit up something in my conscience. It is possible.
I thought, maybe it’s not a world where all it takes is emails. Instead, it may be phone calls or charming some friends-of-friends.
When the dots connected, the idea of a gallery showcase was the turning point. Suddenly, what I thought would be ten years later could be ten weeks from now.
Suddenly, I felt empowered.
Happiness is a destiny you make for yourself
Everything may change, but you remain constant in your world. It’s really up to you to define your requirements of a happy existence. And then figure out how to make it a reality.
No one else is going to be waiting to do this for you.
This post is inspired by brilliant blog posts written by my friends. Writing isn’t my core competency, but damn, it’s like they say:
Just do it.
Here’s to the 4th year in a row writing a post like this.
One of the most therapeutic Copic Marker doodles—bamboo. The brush tip lends itself so well and it’s an excuse to use every color in the box with disregard, for the most part.
I’ve drawn things like this in the past, but I always love the red balloons in the blue sky with the perfect clouds.