“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.”
A fine product by Bohemian Coding, Sketch is specifically for designers who make designs for the screens. It’s the most natural way for prototyping. By convention we would all go for designing UIs with Adobe’s Photoshop, but this lightweight, fast software has changed my way of thinking. We don’t require all the features that Photoshop provides us with for designing UIs. There is no point in having such a heavy software for designing such prototypes. It offers such easy to understand tools that even a first time user wont waste much time in figuring it out . Simple yet powerful, if you still haven’t found your way to using Sketch, get your copy just after reading this.
Here are a few tips: (Courtesy: InVision Blog)
- Duplicate anything in seconds.
- Get your grid on.
- Change opacity on the go.
- Size your artboards right.
- Measure distances.
- Totally abuse symbols.
- Save frustration with “Scale”.
- Move shapes while you draw them.
- Use shared styles now, thank yourself later.
- Maximise your workspace.
- Use Plug-ins effortlessly.
Here is a link to all the plugins you could use, to enhance your experience with Sketch.
Recently, while going through an article on Medium, beginning my voyage to the designing world. I found out about this brilliant design documentary. A documentary film that provides a look at the creativity behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. This is for all those who are from the non-design background and have never thought about products as profoundly as a designer does.
This feature-length documentary consists of talks by the most reputed designer of this age, from London, New York, Paris and even Tokyo.
You’ll never look at your next toothbrush (or your next any product) in quite the same way after watching this astute, elegant inquiry into the purpose and process of industrial design. — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY