I have spent a LOT of hours these past couple of months into finding interesting and noteworthy designers across the Internet. While I should be spending a hefty portion of this time looking for tutorials to attempt and post, I generally get distracted by pretty illustrations, Thought Catalog, more pretty illustrations, photography blogs, twitter and tumblr… I don’t know. I can sit and peruse the internet for hours it seems. And that’s what I’ve been doing, of late.
There is one blog, however, that I consistently revisit, read, and follow: Abduzeedo.
Fabio Sasso, the brains behind the blog, is a Brazilian visual designer for Google out of Mountain View, California. What I’m saying is, this guy knows what he’s doing. And he’s really good at it.
I came across one of his articles entitled, “Design Process: Starting a Design Project”. In first paragraph, Sasso writes, “Software is just a step in the design process, important, but without a good foundation and design principles, you won’t be able to translate a good idea into a cohesive design… even if you are a master of Illustrator, Photoshop or any other software. ”
I like this a lot. I use these tutorials to hone my skills in the programs, something I simply need to learn how to do. School will help, but I want to be good at this, and it’s going to take a lot of hours to get there.
They say you need to commit 10,000 hours to something before you become an expert, right?
But there’s a big portion of design that my tutorials won’t teach, and I guess that is design. I’m new to this world and it’s going to take a long time before I’ll be good at it. I play around with type and illustrations quite a bit on my own, but I’m apprehensive to post them on this blog. I know they’re bad and I’m embarrassed to have people look at them. But the hours I put into it now will get me somewhere in the future. Once I am surer of my ‘work’ (I can’t even describe it without the quote) I’ll post more. Until then, this blog will consist of rants and rambles, inspiration and interesting works done by people who know what they’re doing.
I’ll get there. It’s just going to take time.
Until then, I’m going to play this on repeat.
Thanks Ira Glass, host and creator of This American Life out of WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and filmmaker David Shiyang Liu, for this video.