Launching sugarfreejones.com

Over the years I’ve worked on a lot of great projects; unfortunately, I don’t always take the time to document the lessons I’ve learned and share them. To remedy that, I’ve created this blog. Here are some of the subjects I plan to write about:

Mobile Design

Mobile is becoming so ubiquitous that I could easily see the term becoming implicit when talking about digital design. This year it looks like my involvement in the mobile space will pick up quite a bit, and I’ll share what I learn.

Responsive Design

Closely related to mobile, I plan to write about responsive design. Earlier this year I got to work on a cool responsive design project with Happy Cog and it got me really psyched; this website is my first attempt at actually coding one myself.

Book Reviews

I read a few UX books every year. With so many to choose from and so little time to read, I plan on writing brief reviews to share the lessons I learn from them.

Conference Videos

There are a lot of design conferences and many, many of the presentations are up on Vimeo and Youtube. I’ll post the ones I find interesting, useful or motivational. For the TLDR crowd, I’ll even add highlight notes.

Process and Tools

A proliferation of devices with different form factors, resolutions and contexts are forcing designers to change the way they work.

The traditional waterfall-based design process we have traditionally used in digital design projects:

  • UX Designers create wireframes
  • Visual Designers create PSD comps from wireframess
  • Front-end developerss code using assets from PSDs

Well, that process is falling apart in this new multi-device, multi-context world.

All is not lost, though. New processes and tools are arriving to assist us. SASS is changing the way many people code for web, and I’m really excited to start using Sketch in place of Photoshop for UI element design.

While designing this site, I found myself designing more and more in the browser rather then Photoshop. This made it far easier to see how the design held up on different devices.

I would also advise designers to start learning Git. It is not just for coders. Unfortunately, it’s really confusing at first, but it’s collaborative capabilities are clearly the future of digital product design. I will definitely write more about learning Git on this blog.

In conclusion

I’ve been working in digital design for many years, and the rate of change just keeps increasing. I am writing this blog as a way to document my own course on these crazy seas; if any of you find this message in a bottle, I hope it helps you as well.

Thanks for stopping by!