Great Post! And that’s the problem.

This morning I saw this excellent post by InVision re 30 good Sketch plugins — my goto tool now for high fidelity wireframes. Well written, nice screenshots, nicely done. And that’s the problem, and I bet if you are a developer, you have the same problem.

30 new things to learn at once makes my head explode.

(yes, there’s probably some horrible gif I could use here. But I won’t. Instead, here’s a shot of this post:

As much as I’d like to actually learn each of these plugins, I just cannot do it in one sitting. And if I don’t absorb it in that one reading, it’s going to float away on the river of posts I get each and every day.

For now, until I’m ready to open DevCodeLearn.com (not up yet), here’s a kludge for actually learning these 30 good Sketch plugins.

  1. Go through and install say the first 5 plugins — probably the best of the lot. (No surprise InVision’s Craft is #5 — it is good.)
  2. Create a free account at FollowUpThan and resend yourself the email 3 times, 3, 6, and 9 days into the future.
  3. When you get the email again, re-read those top 5 plugin descriptions. Open up Sketch and play a little with them. Don’t stress about it — the repetition is the thing that matters.
  4. Repeat for each group of 5.

Yes, this is kludge way of moving some great info/tools you should use into your brain’s long term memory. But that’s what you need to do (repetition, re-reading, touching the info/tools repeatedly) to get that info to soak in.

Let me know how this works for you in comments, and if you have this problem too: I’d love to hear from developers who might want to be beta users of DevCodeLearn.com when the time comes.


Originally published at www.47hats.com on May 16, 2017.

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I’m Bob Walsh, a Rails/JS developer, and writer/consultant for early/self-funded startups. When books were still a thing I wrote: The Web Startup Success Guide .

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