Artist, Career, UI Design, User Interface Design

#Dailyui 100 Day Challenge/Day 022

I am still plugging away at these designs. I am determined to improve my UI knowledge and skills. The above design challenge is my day 22. The challenge was to design something “search” related. Other than that it is pretty open-ended.

Figma has been a great tool to learn these design skills with. I love that it is free and open source. Falls in line with my philosophy of ethics and community.

I have begun courses on Coursera in UI design. So far, I am learning good stuff. I now understand how to work on “a project” well, I am in the middle of creating my first project. But, that’s leaps ahead of a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea what a project entailed in the UI world.

So there you go, you know what you know! Right?

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#DailyUI Design Challenge Day 010

Doing the #DailyUI Design Challenge to make myself a better designer and to learn Figma is proving a good exercise in consistency and committment.

I am learning and improving in a short time, in my knowledge and understanding of UI Design, and Design in general. It is really a matter of learning these new tools, such as the Figma platform and digital tools, instead of paint brushes and pencils.

Of course I am still a beginner with so much to learn. Taking some online courses and tutorials helps too. But, doing 100 days of design challenges is an excellent practice tool.

In this challenge I designed a Social share page for a music App. I designed it specifically for the iPhone 8.

Hope you like it!

Feedback is desired, so please hit me up with your comments! 

 

 

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#Dailyui Design Challenge Day 007

On my Journey to learn and transition into UI design from Fine Arts, I’ve taken on the #Dailyui 100 day design challenge.

This is my Day 007 design.

I am simultaneously learning Figma to create these designs. Above is a screen shot of a SETTINGS page, I created in the Figma platform, of a fictional Dog Walking/Companion website.

Here it is in its IphoneX container.

What do you think?

Drop comments and feedback below.

Thanks everyone!

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Artist, Career, digital divide, technology

#Dailyui 100 Day Design Challenge

I am excited to participate in the #dailyui design challenge. This design is my Day 2 of the challenge. The task was to create a credit card checkout form. I’ve chosen to create a checkout form for an Olympus camera, from an online photography re-sell site. I am also learning Figma, a great intuitive, somewhat new, collaborative and Web-based  platform, which I’ve used to design this checkout form.

Recently I’ve decided to pursue and transition into learning UI/UX Design (User interface/User experience Design) from a traditional fine art background. I find the field a perfect blending of my Fine Arts, Art Therapy/Psychology and Social Justice/Democracy backgrounds and passions.

I’ve chosen to self-educate with online courses, tutorials and networking/meetups in the industry. So far, after 1 month in, I feel super excited with everything I am learning, and I’ve already attended my first Design Meetup. UI/UX Design feels like the perfect next step in my career!

Please hit me with your critiques/feedback on my design as it really helps with progress!

 

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Career, Reblogs, writer, writing

Freelance Writer vs Blogger

I lean towards blogger but also want to write and learn this craft as much as possible. I am a mix.

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Due to the rising work of LadyRedot.com and MiddleMe.net, I have no choice but to recruit freelance writers for LadyRedot’s travel articles.

As I interviewed some of the freelancers, I noticed that there is a great disparity between a writer and a blogger. Leave professionalism aside, I have encountered both noobs and experienced writers and bloggers. Many whom I realised that they don’t know the differences between these two: freelance writer and blogger. I’m no expert here but I’ve engaged enough clients and freelancers to perhaps throw some light to the differences.

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As a freelance writer, you will probably write in different genres. The popular genres you will touch on are romance, mystery, adventure and mystical. However, there are other genres that widely sought after in the commercial market such as advert writing, IT articles, eCommerce descriptions, SEO write ups, rewording, thesis and biography. 

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Finding Ways to Progress your Writing Career — Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently came across an excellent resource for freelance writers by Laura Yates of blogging.com. Laura is a writer, coach, and podcaster who has been blogging and writing in the niches of fashion, beauty, relationships, and personal development since 2009. You Won’t Get Anywhere by Standing Still – Finding Ways to Progress your Writing Career As Tom […]

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Artist, Career, Psychology

The Pivotal Moment I Followed My Passion And Became An Artist

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That pivotal moment came – after personal tragedy

I was Twenty years old – lost, depressed, and confused after my cousin Billy committed suicide. We were close growing up as children. Billy’s suicide was the dark storm that wrecked me. As a child of the 1970’s and 80’s, drug use was commonplace with teenagers. Billy became an addict and succumbed to the effects of this lifestyle at a young age. He shot himself in the temple. A common (and preferred method) for men. Billy was twenty-one years of age. And, as I said, I was twenty. I was no angel either, however, I wasn’t an addict. Instead I was in danger of becoming an alcoholic. At the time of Billy’s suicide, I was in the process of getting my act together. Daunting at best, as I had little (to no) resources or support. I proclaimed to myself – I would avoid going down that same path ever, ever, EVER.

Kicked-outta’ the house and living on my own (after graduating high school) life was difficult for me.

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I found a single room (in a Boarding House). The Glenside Inn, located in the town I grew up, was a restaurant and bar with single rooms upstairs and a shared bath. The Inn became my home for a bit. I found full-time work in a print shop – an old vintage print shop. The shop, in operation since the 1940’s, was still (at that time) using those old typeset letters and burning metal plates for the printers. 

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Available today as collectibles on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/250-Vintage-Lead-Typeset-Letterpress-Block-Letters-In-Drawer-1-4-3-8-/113272846465 .

Ha! No secrets here, I’m an OLD man! Okay – I might be overdoing things a bit… however, millennials such as my son might agree with this.

But – I digress.

My job at the print shop was to shoot the mock-up’s, develop the film and burn the metal plates that attached to the large Heidelberg printing presses. Of course, back then, the graphic artist did all the mock-up’s by hand – cut and paste (pre-digital) – an acquired skill and tedious to boot.

What got me jazzed was the grit and grind of the shop

The cool-looking, large plate burners – the graphic artist, angry and stressed – cutting/pasting/smoking – the piles and piles of cut up papers and magazines, stacked messy and high on the drafting board. Yellow dingy windows – the dark and dirty factory atmosphere – the frenzied pace of deadlines – the photography – the typesetting – the wooden print shop relics – and the humongous LOUD printing machines. All this chaos, captured my fascination. I became transported back in time.

After working all day, alone and depressed in my room, I started to draw again. With weekly trips to the library I found art books to study, copying Picasso’s and Van Gogh’s – determined to learn more. I developed a love for abstract art, and began experimenting. I drew my little sister’s elementary school pictures, dogs, abstracts and strange, distorted self-portraits.

No matter what – I wanted to BECOME an artist

This was a bold awakening for somebody that had NO real direction in life. My parents education level – both of them high school dropouts – struggled to raise us kids. Unspoken yet expected – the norm had been – you would somehow GET A JOB when you graduate.

J-O-B’s – weren’t enough

So…I enrolled in night school at Penn State University’s satellite campus. I had no idea what I was doing. I muddled through the process. I spent time planning and studying financial aid (still mystified) I pressed on. Attending part-time at night, while working full-time to pay rent. Art classes during the day and Liberal Art classes at night, I succeeded in bringing my grades up. The daytime art classes were my favorite. My art teacher mentored me, showing me how to get a portfolio together. This was invaluable.

Ultimately –  I transferred full-time to an amazing art school

The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I couldn’t believe I was there. The whole experience was super exciting and new. Considering, at first, I snubbed the idea, I wasn’t sure I wanted to earn a degree. I believed I would find an artist community and be self-taught. However, that idea folded quick. And without this experience, I might have ended up with my own personal tragedy. Following my passion saved me. Four years later, I graduated, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a certificate in Art Therapy. Eager to conquer the art world and live my ARTIST life, I succeeded.

The after artist’s life (so to speak) is a whole other story…

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