Now & Later
Get a look at what I’m currently doing and learning
Last updated February 18, 2019.
I noticed one of my professors taking part of Derek Sivers’ /now movement, in which you try to share events and endeavors you’re currently taking part in. I thought it was a good idea and decided to add one to my site. I think it’s also a cool way to document progress as you look back.. I’ll try and keep this updated monthly/quarterly.
- January-February 2019 Happy New Year! I’ve chilled out on trying to learn 100 things a day. It’s hard because I’m genuinely a curious person, but it helps when I have bigger tasks to focus on (currently: finding a job/updating my resume). I also switched back to Mac! It was an inevitable decision. This has led me to start software diving. I’m finally exploring and learning to work with Sketch App, InVision Studio, Zeplin, and other budding applications. I also removed the section on my site that details my process. At first I thought it was corny but necessary. Now I know that employers also think it’s corny. It’s all about strategy and execution.
- December 21st-January 1st I’ll be celebrating the holidays with friends and family and will be unavailable.
- Winter 2018 Now that the site’s live, I’m working on adding features to the site like WordPress for SEO and site management. I’m trying to learn graphic design by doing, illustrating a self-portrait for my about page and my next logo. New apps like Procreate and Vectornator are making digital illustration more accessible.
- Fall-Winter 2018 I’m becoming increasingly interested in graphic design, character design specifically, probably from watching illustrators work live on the Adobe Live sessions on YouTube. I like where iPad art is going so I’m trying to learn the digital way. I just like the ease of use with undo and redo.
- Spring-Fall 2018 I’ve been learning about and experimenting with user experience design, design systems, css grid, digital illustration, with a few Swift programming tutorials on the side.
- Summer-Fall 2018 Since graduating college in spring 2018, I’ve designed, developed, and launched my portfolio website, with a few case studies to show to prospective employers. The initial version of the site launched December 12, 2018. I’m aiming to get a job somewhere before spring or summer 2019.
- Summer 2018 Using Adobe XD as my go-to application for web/application design as it’s geared more toward interaction and experience design. It’s free with Adobe Creative Cloud, easy to learn, and the growing list of features continue to speed up my workflow.
- Summer 2018 I retired from Facebook and other “extra” social networks this summer, so that I could focus on publishing my portfolio. Instead of a personal Twitter and a professional Twitter, I decided to go all in and merge the two, with a greater emphasis on professionalism. Since I used to tweet like it was a public diary, I decided and managed to delete all of my thousands of tweets, so I could start fresh, but still keep my followers, lists, etc. Now I’m only on a shortlist of social networks (Twitter, lnstagram, Dribbble, & LinkedIn) to further my career goals.
- 2012–2018 While waiting on my career to startup, I’ve worked in various customer service and management roles to help me better serve users. The opportunities also allowed me to develop soft skills such as working in a team, independence, time management, communication, and measuring success.
On My To Do List
Long and short term goals..
- Continue updating my website and brand to provide an omnipresence whether you’re visiting my site or checking out my Instagram profile.
- Start blogging again. It was a hobby of mine back when I first started in this field, and I want to get back to my roots. In the blog, I’d like to talk about my journey as a designer, dealing with stress and setbacks, thoughts on new technologies, and also review new consumer gadgets. I’ve got lots of ideas.
- Learn Java to code Android apps and Swift to code iOS apps. Design and develop a mobile app. I want to be more than just a designer or front-end developer.
- Read more books on design, development, psychology, self-care & self-improvement, sci-fi, and history. Got any suggestions?