I’ve never learned proper graphic design. I studied fine arts at high-school and then learned programming and started working as a programmer. In some part of my career I decided to change my role and study UX design, to become a UX designer. This personal path shaped my point of view as a designer. Some points in this path are more design-related and some are less, but every one of them shaped me in a certain way that makes my whole design “character”. These points are:
For the past few days I’ve been sick with a cold in bed. This status made me detach from my day job chores and focus on my own goals. To be frank, my job doesn’t challenge me the way I want and I’m in a phase in my life I really want to get challenged and get better. In order to get better, I needed this silence to think about what I really want and how I intend to get there. The first thing was building a portfolio. So, there were couple of things I’ve been exposed to that helped me start working on it. I’ll share this process with you now.
I gotta say, I’ve been a horrible doer the past week. I realized I was sitting in front of my computer, using my smartphone to chat with my friends, then get motivated to work on the computer, wasting time on Facebook, answering some calls, and finally finding out it’s lunch time. I can’t describe how frustrated I was when I looked back and measured my productivity that day. A few days ago I stumbled upon this article, that made me think again about being productive and left me with some important insights.
If you’re like me, I guess you’ve found yourself in an unproductive phase once or twice. I hope you would find my conclusions and tips helpful.
Music motivates me. It’s a really important compound of my every-day fuel. So, I decided to have a kind of a mix-tape, to share with you guys, that is divided to scenarios through the day, based on my experience. Feel free to share your opinion about it and suggest some music that makes you feel good.
I’m a designer and I know I have lots of flaws and weaknesses, putting me far from being able to design the perfect product. I know I can’t trust myself, but that motivates me to idiot-proof my whole workflow. I help myself with any app and service there is, I test myself a hundred times and I make sure I’m doing the right job, before I publish it. This is my personal way of managing workflow, and if you’re having some (or all) of the self-management problems I’m having, I hope you’ll use these tools for your benefit (Also, at the end of the post you can sign up for the newsletter and get a checklist of this workflow for your personal use).
As a creator, I feel like inspiration is one of the best things you could get. I just love that feeling of getting inspired. Also, inspiration often gets me motivated and happy when I’m depressed. I recently talked about my blog at the Side Project Accelerator Demo Day, and I remembered that a part of the main idea of this blog was to get inspiration from various places (not just design inspiration for designers, for instance), so I decided to bring up a group of people who aren’t designers that really inspire me as a creator, and list the value they give me. Let’s start.
I’ve met Tom Lahat in his new office in Tel Aviv, in the midst of an extensive hiring round. His startup just recently doubled its size but Tom is still full of energy, he tells me that he plans to fill 20 more positions by the end of the year. Tom, Chief Product Officer at Tailor Brands, a fast growing design startup that he co-founded together with Yali Saar, CEO, and Nadav Shatz, CTO, started his way as a graphic designer. Today, his startup designs branding for over 500,000 business worldwide, and is the first company to design all of its branding 100% automated, using only algorithms to do its work. It generates personalized business cards, presentation etc… Their site is really cool and if you need branding for your business, I suggest you check it out.
Yes. I know it sounds like a black-metal song title, but actually it’s not as dark as it sounds. Death of people I know can really make my head work and make me think about life achievements and goals.