Sharing the journey and keeping myself current
I’ve dabbled over the years with having a space to share my thoughts on design and it’s outside influences. Previously I have also used this space to share work, processes, completed projects, self-initiated pieces and work that didn’t quite make the cut.
My twitter feed became less about me and more about others. From an outsiders view it just looked like I was lazy
It was relatively successful and I found the whole process cathartic, not only did I enjoy sharing posts it also gave me an opportunity to empty my head and to get things down on paper (well, virtual paper).
Why did I stop?
Due to work-load and a perceived overhead in maintenance I eventually stopped adding new posts, shut down blogs and started to use other platforms to share work and to save inspiration (plus other wayward internet gems).
Twitter was ultimately the main reason why I stopped, it was easy to use, mobile and it’s 140 character limit meant that I could do more, more often and not procrastinate over each post. It was instant and low effort and I liked it.
The main downfall was trying to convey a personality or a detailed insight, ultimately I was just sharing other peoples thoughts on maters I should of been writing about. My twitter feed became less about me and more about others. From an outsiders view it just looked like I was lazy.
Why start (again)?
The landscape of design is very different to what it was seven years ago. The aesthetics of quality and crafted work would often be enough to differentiate yourself from others, the end result would in itself be enough. That really isn’t the case anymore especially in terms of digital platforms.
Quality and crafted work alone would often be enough to differentiate yourself
People want to know the story behind a piece of work; how a brief was interpreted, how a design came to fruition, why decisions where made and the evidence behind those choices, how success (or failure) was measured and what was learned from the whole process.
Industry peers, people that need to understand design or those that are curious benefit from this insight. Behind each final screenshot or in-situ mock-up there is a huge amount of work that goes unseen, from countless iterations to the development of style guidelines. This is all important and can not be conveyed in one image alone.
Having gone to the time and effort to design and develop this blog I’m going to make sure that I post something up at least once a week. WordPress has changed a lot and getting to this point would make an interesting read in itself. I’m no developer but I enjoyed the journey and struggling to get to this point was reward enough.