Thursday December 12, 2013
I had my sketchbook with me at a meeting the other night, and someone asked to look at it. Since it's also a journal I was reluctant to let her just pour through it, but I did let her see some of the things I've drawn, sketched, designs I was working on, doodles I was playing with, etc. And she was very appreciative.
The thing that's funny is that most of the stuff in that journal I consider just sketches or doodles—works in progress or preliminary ideas. None of them do I consider worth praise (well, maybe one...). Which got me to thinking about my designs. Most of my clients seem happy with what I build for them, and yet I almost never am satisfied. I can look at nearly every site I've ever built and tell you what's wrong with it and why it's not perfect (or “done”).
Do you like your own design work? Or do you find that it is put live before it is “done” and it's just the client pushing you to go live? I had one friend tell me he never finishes any of his designs, he just puts them live. Post your thoughts in the comments.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Here's a fun ecommerce site that sells scarves for cats. You should be sure to visit the page itself, as the transitions are really great.
Read my full review: CatScarf
What inspires you? Do you have a favorite site you visit for inspiration? Or are there just designs that you think are particularly good? Are there people you like to read on social media for inspiration? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Screen shot by J Kyrnin courtesy CatScarf
Tuesday December 10, 2013
If you're still on the fence as to whether you should learn HTML, it might help to know what you can do with HTML. Of course, HTML is the language of the web, but what does that really mean? In this article, you'll learn what HTML is good for and why learning to write HTML from scratch (rather than with a WYSIWYG editor) might be a good solution for you.
Read the article: What Can You Do with HTML?
Image © J Kyrnin licensed to About.com
Monday December 9, 2013
Responsive design (RWD) is a great way to create web pages that look nice for mobile and desktop customers alike. But they aren't always exactly what your customers or the web page customers want or need. Before you jump in whole-heartedly into the world of responsive design, you should be aware of the problems that it can cause as well as the problems it can solve.
This article looks at clients and customers and the issues that they can have with RWD. It's the first in a series of articles I'm working on regarding the problems of responsive design. Problems with Responsive Design - Customer and Client Perceptions
Learn More About Responsive Design