It's been a busy month and a half kiddos. In early November, I had the privilege of attending the HOW Interactive Design Conference in Chicago. It was a really awesome experience, and I learned a lot.
I've been a bit anxious and hesitant about the Adobe creative cloud switch, but it seems like they are adding a ton of really helpful features and new programs. Perhaps the most inspiring and insightful speakers were Chris Converse, James Victore and Chris Butler. Converse covered some cool updates to Photoshop, including PS Generator, which basically saves web-optimized images directly from your PSD into a folder. And these images can be passed off directly to your developer. Cool. You can also right click on typography and other stylized elements to automatically get the CSS code, which can be pasted and given to devs so they can enter into the stylesheet. You getting this?
Not quite sure how it all works, but I'm excited to mess around once I get set up. Victore was such a character, definitely my favorite speaker. I could really relate to him and his anxious creative energy/life. Seems like he spent a lot of time figuring it all out, what he wanted to do I mean. And he took a lot of risks when he was younger, which I'm trying to do more of. I want to really sink my teeth into design. I feel like I've just been skimming the surface, and I need to just take the plunge. There is something really remarkable about people like him who live without limits and fear. People spend too much time being afraid of what might happen. Life isn't just your successes, it's everything. But if you don't let yourself step out of your comfort zone every now and then, how can you move forward through it and say you're really living?
I learned a lot about process and the importance of human-centered design and testing and testing and testing. So important. I think we don't do enough of that, though our team isn't big enough to do so many jobs! And now that I will be making a switch to freelance, I need to think how I can integrate some of this into my own practice. It's a lot to take in.
I was fortunate enough to get to spend some quality time with my bud Mary Delaware, who has been killin' it in Chicago for a couple years now. I'm so dang proud of her. I think she is one of the most fearless and determined people I know. And I love having her as a friend because she gives me her honest opinion on all matters work/life/love, not just what I want to hear. That's so rare I think. Sometimes it isn't what I want to hear, but in the end it always helps. I also got to see my old co-worker Isaac, who recently moved back to Chicago. It was a very busy few days! But that's usually how I operate: go go go!