I extremely hate that feeling “what should I do right now”. I am one of person who loves the design a lot. I always do something because I hate feelings when I don’t know what to do. That’s why I called this article Don’t be stuck. It is all about understanding what you need and what is for you and your work the best option.
This is not about to be like me
I am not telling you to be like me. Don’t do things like me. Everyone is a totally different person. But what I know is that I hate feeling like to be stuck in one way. I am always looking for new things how should I become a much better person or designer. How I should help to the other people find out the best way. Probably that is why I started with publishing my blog and sharing my ideas throw social networks. Because I hope that’s are useful and should help some of you.
Always … I used to do something. If I could do “nothing” I will probably write blog posts or go for a run. Nowadays for me doing nothing is one the worst thing I should do. I know if I will start with I will be stuck after all. I don’t know why maybe because I will use to be lazy and I don’t want to.
Go for a run, do what you love
Everything is better than doing nothing. I love running, my family all things I am surrounding. And that’s great for me and my designing live. When I feel in a good mood I have got a lot of energy for all of the projects I am working on. So find out what you love and surround that things, feelings around you.
Enjoy every little thing
I am trying every my day enjoy. I really love just stop, when I am walking my dog. Just stop somewhere under the tree and watch to the top of the tree. Looking how leafs are flying. I am trying to enjoying those things because for me is one of the best energy a booster. Try it too!
So and what about you? What is good for you, your mood, or energy? Will be so glad If you send me a tweet about your designer life. Where you find an energy and inspiration.
The new edition of inspirational design is here. Today I am going to share with you some part of a design which is unimaginable for me . The illustration and 3D area of design is very known for me, but just from the process of their produce. I’ve not been blessed by drawing skills 😀 . On the other side, I love to make ideas in my mind and share them with people who are able to draw. But It doesn’t matter. I am good at other are of design as: UI, apps.
I think all of you heard about the Instagram announcement “We published a new logo”. There were a lot of “trolls” with gradients, Instagram logo in 2 minutes etc. But this post is not about trolls. I would like to publish my opinion on the Instagram logo and share in my opinion the best speeches about that change by the designers all over the world. So let’s check it. Continue reading Instagram logo “boom effect”
When I first time saw this animation. I simply fall in love with. The idea of an opening app is breathtaking. I love all on this picture. Colors, gradients, animation. Looks really nice and clean. In my opinion for many of users will be trustful part of an application.
Create the new Instagram Logo in Adobe Photoshop by Howard Pinsky
First, of I would like to say that I love the new Instagram logo a lot. But this story about how to make the Instagram logo in few minutes is funny. I know that people who are not interested in, don’t know how much time team of designers spent on creating of this logotype. But it is funny you know 😀
I know there is many people like me, who don’t want to pay for good photography. Don’t worry there are many people who don’t want to do this as me. But they are quite bit steps before me 😀 They exactly produce free photos for you!
So hope you enjoy. If you know about many more, please let me know and I’ll add them to this article.
As a designer, you probably get in touch with words of praise, or on the other side with words like: “still it is not good as I expected” etc.. You should have a look at this problem like professional. The work what you do in the most of your time do for your client or his clients (if he is reseller).
As a Product Designer I take care of Visual side of our Application (talking about web app and mobile app too). As the number of customer is growing demands for quality and intuitiveness of our application are growing too.
Only feedback, especially the negative can move you a bit further
With problems comes new experience. Not ones you will get in touch with users problems. You have to prepare yourself for that! Be ready for improving your skills and knowledge. Because this is the way how you can fix or avoid any problems.
Realize that your users are key for your success
I realize a lot: Demanding users are the best user. Do not attitude to them with “bad thinking” like: “Oh no, what he wants again!”. Use his ideas for innovations to your app. Discuss more problems with your customers. Each customer has some needs and It will be better talking with you customers about their problems. In many cases, the one special problem of your customer will be problem to another one. Fix this problem as soon as it possible.
Design trends online change more often than the wind, and slightly less often than my socks. Suleiman Leadbitter
It is good to know something about your customer
By creating of your ideal customer (persona) should be good step to set up most important things for your application. As a designer is really important to know how our customer thinks or behaves.
Don’t forget to talk with your customers. Primarily I mean a Social Networks. Doesn’t matter which one. It is really necessary to know on which type of pictures, videos your customer will look much often than the other. In my opinion is good to work with idea “from people to people = I mean use real photos. You will target much more people.
Don’t be scared of small experiments.
Has got feedbacks, but what now? Work with it, step by step.
You can create a lot of varieties of landing pages, which you will publish to some sort of people. By this, you can find out which one is better, than the other. I can hightly recomended application Instapage. This application become fastest of creation this landing pages.
Simple steps how i work with Instapage:
First of all I sketch graphic design ( background and other elements for web)
Final version of design I cut (in adobe photoshop) by slice tool
This elements which I cut I insert to the Instapage. I will style titles, p, buttons and the other web elements.
It is really nice helper for testing. The program itself will produce a pretty nice code (incl. Mobile version). Do you know any other program like this? Say something about them by comment of this part.
As a designer starts use invision as your daily routine
I supposed, you are not asking your self: “Why I should start using this app”. For those who still don’t there are my tips why:
For me is using of invision like daily routine. By invision we can re-sending design wireframes of our app to our clients (testers — personas). Which can give us really fast feedbacks by comments throw this app. It is really nice app. We can test interactions without coding!
It is good tool for cooperation between teams and designers. Sure if we are sitting side by side we can talk to each other. But when not? You can connect invision to slack — and it is fuck*ng killer. All changes or feedbacks you will see throw slack app. Try it if you use both of them.
Do you want some summary?
So, just a small one? Try to select your best fitting customer which you will stay in touch. Step by step build your app more and more better. How? ?Listen to your customers.
nowday I would like to write some ideas how I feel about nowdays designers. Over the world there are thousands of designers. Who is worst, or better? Who knows … There is a lot of different feelings about designing. I am going to speak about my field of design – mostly websites and web apps. When I worked for agencies I met a lot of people (clients).
For my work was faster to talk with client directly. You know most your designer time in agencies there is someone between you and client (mostly project manager?). For me was really better to sit with client by my-self or with project manager too. It was good to hear the ideas which comming throw clients mouth. When I met a client I should just discuss problems deeper. Becouse of you should not be able to talk with your client, propably you will hear the story from you project manager (or person who is between you). And there should be a lot of differencies.
Why is good to manage meeting directly with your client?
Client needs has been served from his hand
Better (faster) communication
You are able to make changes more quicker
In my opinion here is a good to use invision application which can help you colaborate your design with client or colleagues. And that’s not all. Let’s check their product tour and enjoy this awesome application.
Just do what you feel from you client and in which you believe most. I think if you are good empathy it will be no problem for you to make a good design which helps all around.
Just listen to your audience needs and stay in touch with them.
a few days back I started designing UI elements packs. Ask why? Becouse I need to learn how to make more sense into my design. I want to be better in UI, so I started with creating of packs. You can find my works on my instagram or behance profile.
Hope you will enjoy my work and it will be helfull. And don’t forget to subsribe my newsletters. I will attacht links with free psd with some of this elements pack! Enjoy it!