I’ve finally managed to figure out how to download/set up Sublime Text 2 Packages, via the Package Control plugin, and oh man it is awesome. To be honest, I’m not sure how I got it working because I was trying it out yesterday and couldn’t figure it out at all (is it just a timing thing or was I temporarily brain-dead yesterday?).
So yeah, I normally work with Foundation for a base framework but for this project I was using Bootstrap. It was really easy (as expected, I suppose) and I could imagine myself switching to Bootstrap with my other projects if not for Foundation 4 becoming mobile-first recently.
Right now, I’m testing out waters with a potential client who is requiring me to submit PSDs of 4 different resolutions (mobile phone, tablet, “medium” desktop, wide-screen desktop) and I’m taking around four hours just trying to design for 1 resolution of 1 specific screen.
How I would do it, personally:
Design wireframes for the 4 different resolutions in HTML
Do a PSD for the smallest and widest screens
Create mocks for the 2 middle screens for one page
Proceed with the PSD design for the rest of the screens
Code the designs in HTML/CSS
So, since this is a “testing the waters” phase, I’m not sure it’s the best way to proceed with this workflow (PSD-first and with 4 resolutions per screen design) since it’ll cost me (and the client) more hours. D: I think I should email the possible client about it, and then see if he wants to push through with it still.
I was sharing with C how I felt very insecure about “not being popular enough” last year, and feeling unappreciated in the more seemingly “designer / artist circles.” That, perhaps, feeling overshadowed by other designers/artists made me feel pretty useless.
In comparison, I feel like my own set of skills could be appreciated more in the technical circles, and in this way I feel like I could give more to the developer communities. I guess being in a small team wherein everyone shares similar hats, it’s easier to feel like the designer/coder (albeit more of a designer and less of a coder, but enough to help out with the overall workflow) is still a needed role.
And so, I’ve been feeling less and less insecure about my skills and my own definition of “success.” This may have some things to do with:
(1) pop-culture popularity seems to be so short-lived, and it isn’t something that I aspire for, and
(2) I’ve recently heard of some things about a person I used to admire, and when seemingly “amazing” people’s flaws start becoming apparent, the distance between me and “them” ceases to exist.
(A) I’m also opening myself up to other challenges, and
(B) I feel that I’ve been learning a lot of different things lately, and with all the skills I’m gaining I’m starting to realize that I don’t have to be like other people. I could just be that designer who can code. I could just be myself.
Things I learned from working on A Sporting Life – being involved in this project months and months ago (which is altogether another story) forced me to learn about Vimeo and Youtube APIs, among other things. I pulled these things from various tutorials/forums online, but I don’t have time to go into detail right now.
Cramming in a week: obviously my fault, but things are progressing at least. Been three days and I think I’ll be able to finish a workable / presentable version tonight.
The downside is that I don’t really understand everything to the minute coding detail. What I get is the bigger picture of this functioning segment of the site. I think I’m more of a designer rather than someone who technically understands code, but I can make things work and I think that too is important.
In a nutshell, my brain works like this:
I need to do <THIS>.
Oh, this code makes <THIS_EXAMPLE> happen.
Hmmm, so I tweak and edit these lines to make <THIS>.
So in the end, I don’t think I’m the most excellent back-end programmer out there, and most of what I do is actually copy-and-tweak, but it makes sites work, and it gets my job done. I’m willing to learn more about the technical side of things, but I honestly don’t think I’m going to be a full-fledged programmer. The faster way for me to learn is just execute, execute.
It’s great that this is a production company who wants to have a mobile version, though I don’t have time to finish the mobile design right now. The mobile version has to wait.
This is more like a, we’re-friends kind of project but I’m hoping I can finish this by January and sell the mobile site design aspect to future clients :D I know there is a rule to never work for free but sometimes you have to be a little underpaid when you’re starting out.
Stay firm in saying ‘no’ to projects for a while, until I get my shit together.
Have a little faith in myself.
Relax and enjoy Taipei.
My sessions have been very helpful, I’d like to believe. I’m told I will continue to struggle with some things but I just have to remind myself, always, while being conscious of the things my doctor has told me. I have those bad moments, but they always go away eventually, and I can look back at them as something that I felt instead of an experience that’s still ongoing.
Taipei is happening too soon and I didn’t even notice. It’s going to be fun, I’m going to take a breather — and maybe things will be better. :)