1. Organize. Naturally, I am a controlled chaos kind of gal; however, categorizing your skill level as such is not ideal. Properly naming my PSD layers, creating a color-code process for marking up designs (pink means change it, green means keep it), creating a folder system to organize design files and having an endless supply of post-it notes are ways in which I plan to take my organization skills to the next level.
2. Fonts. I resolve that in 2015 I will never use comic sans or papyrus in any design project. Personal, professional or even as a joke. The only exception for Comic Sans's use is:
- When making a political statement and it actually works (as seen when the NBA players wore protest shirts bearing the words “I Cant Breathe” written in Comic Sans)
- Or in a kindergartner’s classroom
And papyrus needs to stay in the trash.
There are so many great fonts on the market these days that it’s absurd to resort to these overly used (and might I add, hideous) ones. Google has some great open source fonts for the web, and Typekit never fails me if I’m looking for fresh, unique fonts.
3. Sketch! Going back to the basics. I want to make more time for doodling, tinkering, scribbling and any other synonym for this inspirational past-time. If sketching isn't enticing for you, make it enticing by getting cool sketchbooks (http://appsketchbook.com/products/responsive-design-sketchbook) or accessible ones (http://fieldnotesbrand.com/ ). The basis for all great design is an illustration. And who knows, maybe that unicorn mermaid you drew a couple months ago will be the new logo for that hot new start up…
4. Share. Instagramming my doodles, tinkerings, scribbles and drawings. Instagram is a great resource for being inspired and connecting with fellow creative types. Not to mention, it helps strengthen your OMC, boost your web presence, gain followers, obtain new clients/projects and most importantly, make new friends (awwwww!).Is this a double, triple or quadruple win? None! It's an Infinity win!
5. Practice What I Preach. Create a LinkedIn account. It’s the year two-thousand and fifteen; I work at a marketing and design agency, advise majority of my clients to have a LinkedIn and don’t have a LinkedIn myself. My only excuse for this is it’s because I’m not from this century, kind of like a Back to the Future situation, but in reverse. I don’t understand the importance of improving my search engine optimization, web presence, supplying Google with positive information and letting the professional world know that I am indeed a professional. Yes. That’s my excuse…but not for long. Need more reasons to join LinkedIn? Read this article and then check out Ruby Porter’s LinkedIn
6. Get Out Of My Comfort Zone. I purchased a Wacom tablet awhile back, but have yet to become adept at using it. I haven’t dove into using this incredible piece of technology simply because I am so comfortable using my Logitech mouse. I am doing my design-self no favors by not exploring this option. Let’s go down this road together! Find which tablet will be the best for you here
7. Inspirational Breaks. I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one. Everyone should do this. No matter what field you work in. In fact, I am going to do this right now! Cheers to all the good things that this New Year will bring!