Design Report — June 2018

Almost a year ago, I decided to challenge my UI/UX design skills and put aside at least 2–3 hours every week to work on personal projects.

The purpose of these monthly design reports is to challenge my UI/UX design skills, try out new techniques, plugins, prototyping tools while documenting and sharing my journey.

This article is a collection of my design work created in June 2018 combined with my favorite design inspirations.

Portfolio Responsive Animation

https://dribbble.com/shots/4686198-Portfolio-Responsive-Animation

Summer is the perfect time for me to focus more on personal projects, reflect and figure out the next steps starting from September.

In June, I created a simple and quick animation showcasing the responsive Dribbble section of my new portfolio site.

My goal was to create an interactive and visually appealing solution to showcase my most recent Dribbble posts with a consistent look on mobile and desktop screens as well.

Article Cards

https://dribbble.com/shots/4704119-Article-Cards

I also did various experimentations with different article card views for the upcoming blog page of my portfolio.

The upside of this concept is that it’s visually appealing thanks to the vivid gradients and the modern card design.

However, with the lack of description text, it doesn’t communicate too much about the content of the article before the user clicks on one of them. Additionally, it requires extra effort to recreate these covers in custom CSS for each card and I’m a bit afraid of the practical use of this solution over the long term.

Epic Portfolio Challenge

https://www.uplabs.com/posts/epic-portfolio-challenge-template

Since I was already working on my portfolio site this summer, it was an obvious step to join the “Epic Portfolio Challenge” by the Uplabs team.

Be sure to check out the competition, it’s great for inspiration and you can also grab the Sketch source file of my project for free. :)

Focus on Instagram

Back in January, I made a relatively big decision to transform my main Instagram account to showcase more about my design process instead of travel images.

During this 6 months period, my community grew from 600 to 1,800 people and received surprisingly positive feedbacks.

My photos shared by amazing Instagram accounts

My goal with this transformed Instagram account is to connect better with similar thinking designers, showcase behind the scenes processes in Stories and generally be helpful and give back to the designer community.

During the summer months my experience is that people don’t sit as much in front of computers, so instead of focusing on Dribbble, I’ll focus on Instagram until September to suit better to the traveling lifestyle.

In case you have any questions about design, freelance, business or product photography, feel free to send me a DM on Instagram. Currently, I reply all of them within a day.

Let me know if you want to read a more detailed article about my photo shooting workflow.



See you in a month 👋

I hope you learned something from this article and got pumped up with new design inspirations.

In case you have any questions or just want to talk about design, feel free to reach out on Twitter, Instagram or just send me an email. Currently, I reply to all my emails within 1–2 working days.

Every clap, share, tweet and response is a huge motivation for me to keep writing and share more behind the scenes techniques with you!

I also redesigned my newsletter from scratch, so I recommend you to check it out as well. 👇