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2017: My Year in Design

2017 My Year

I wrote a menu with a variety of goals for myself in 2017. At the time, I liked the idea of having many things from which to choose to accomplish. As the year progressed, the amount of goals felt daunting—even though I never set out to accomplish all of them. It’s nice to have options but I think next year I want to focus on one or two big goals per category.

2017: My Year in Design

2017 Design goals

The list below is the original list I wrote in 2016. I crossed off items throughout 2017 as I decided I no longer wanted to work on them.

  • Become a deft coder. 
    • I marked this off but I still need more work. I am nowhere near “deft”. I did, however, become fluent in HTML 5 and CSS 3, learn how to create a responsive website with my own CSS framework (and launched a site at work that I designed this way), and learn some basic PHP and Java.
  • Fix p5 sketches
  • Self-publish a design book.
  • Redesign blog and portfolio, coding a theme from scratch.
  • Learn a new design technique each month. ✅
    • Although I don’t think I learned a new technique each month, I learned several throughout the year that probably averaged out to be one a month. This year I worked on my illustration and lettering skills through classes on SkillShare and tutorials online.
  • Become a better typographer. ✅
    • I marked this as “done” but typography (like coding) is something that always needs improved upon.
  • Get involved with the local design community. ✅
    • I checked this off by default since I work for the College of Design and a lot of our constituents that I work with are heavily involved with the local design community. I would like to try to attend more events next year.
  • Add new designs to the wedding invite shop.

What I designed in 2017

  • I coded my first fully responsive website for work with a custom CSS framework that I built. It’s far from perfect (or even great), but it was a great start.
  • I took a bunch of SkillShare classes and learned design techniques (including some Illustrator techniques that helped me become a much faster illustrator).
    new house illustration finished
  • I added 3 new designs to my wedding invitation shop and designed a friend’s wedding invitation.
    chimesdesign wedding invites: Audrey Twin Peaks (fan art)
  • I re-read Brighurst’s typography book.
  • I designed a few Book to LPs. I would like to do more of these but they are time consuming due to figuring out the playlists that go with each book.
    The Future for Curious People LP Cover by chimesdesign.com
Even though I didn’t finish all the goals I set, I think 2017 was a pretty good year for design.

Love on ya, chimes

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