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Designer, Made by Porter Joined almost 7 years ago
Here's my stack as (Digital) Design Engineer. Im usually designing websites and apps. I also code my designs and create coded design systems for devs.
Design Software: Figma, Adobe Photoshop
Dev Apps & Frameworks: Visual Studio Code, Github & Gitlab, Hyper, Middleman, Bootstrap, Wordpress, Contentful, Shopify
Hell yeah. Check my stories on IG @madebyporter if you want some user testing videos, lol. I showcased some activities from Spline there. Note, I've spent 21yrs (currently 34) using design tools and code tools. 16 years using music and photography software. 14 years using video editing software.
I have about 1-3 years of experience playing with 3D software. I had a Poser 4D phase back when I was 13, and a couple years of experience with Cinema 4D, 3D Studio Max and Adobe Dimension.
This is dope so far! Pretty great tool for people who do 3D like under 10% of the time (like me).
Exactly! I remember one day when I was checking the typical design news on Panda and I was like, "This doesn't excite me anymore". Once I started attaching goals and data to the things I do, I've became excited again. Ever since my first business in 2001, being useful has always made me happy.
Agreed. There will be a place for everyone. I don't know if I communicated what I wanted effectively so hopefully I can dive deeper here. I think this goes back to if you're a versatilist, generalist or specialist instead of how much experience you have.
This is not new at all and it is not an emerging trend, this has been the normal for quite a few years already. This site had a podcast that had no discussion whatsoever about design, instead it only focused on business and the silicon valley bubble. This site itself came up in a time where it already was normal that people started to call themselves "product designers", even though they still were doing webdesign and nothing else.
Yep, you're right. I've been doing the entrepreneur first, design second thing for a hot minute (3 years). That's my bad for wording issues as I said "I started doing this...".
Literally everyone is doing that. You are setting yourself up for failure if you just do whatever other people are doing. Focus on what you can uniquely bring to the table and sell that. There will always be a need for specialists.
I think its mostly the younger designers still looking for the Smashing Magazine type of articles and the "salaried" designer portfolio. A lot of the experienced designers I know of are transforming their portfolios to be more about personal branding since they might be over working salaried jobs.
Also I agree, there will always be a need for specialists.
Use should give http://notion.so/ a shot. I use it for all my productivity purposes. Its great if you want more of a sandbox/builder tool.
For your problem, you can create columns and put todos in each column or a Kanban table if you prefer that. Each todo can be a page in itself to add sub-tasks, notes, etc. You can even add dates/reminders if needed.
Then create a page called "Done" to drop all your past week stuff into, or duplicate that task page to keep a history of all your past weeks. You can build whatever system you need!
Interesting. I'll take a look. One of my main ways of learning is based on how Elon Musk learns... "it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to."
This is definitely something I've left out. Great point!
Really really really good point. I helped a lot of people search for stuff just because they didn't know what keywords to use.
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