Giant Steps

So thankful to be back to doing this type of work. The last couple of weeks have been amazing; just learning every spare minute, prioritizing design over time-wasters. There is so much knowledge I want to consume, so many skills I want to sharpen—it barely computes. My browser keeps making trouble, because I can’t seem to not have hundreds of tabs of studying material loaded at all times. It’s a joyful way of consciously overloading your brain. It seems to me like an attempt to devour the internet, in order to make up for the time not creating while going to business school, where I was preoccupied with developing a down to earth, fact-checked professional attitude.

Talking about time: some of the most perplexing things I’ve come across recently are new takes on time management and behavioural science. I’m always trying to implement new techniques to manage my daily life better. With newfound energy, I’ve succeeded in putting new habits into place that boost my productivity. As one of my goals is to reach the steep tail end of the Pareto distribution, making headway in this area is fantastic.

Then, there’s coding. While I’ve refreshed my front-end skills using HTML/CSS, JavaScript is proving to be quite the beast with its endless libraries and constant state of flux. Finding a way to approach it comes first, as I’d like to use it for future data visualization purposes and the web development part of UI/UX. Illustrator, as much as I enjoy the tool, is awful for data viz based on real, codified research. Combining JS with the vvvv toolkit and its native language is yet another thing to consider. My guess is that projection-based imagery will become even more of a trend in years to come and intersect with VR, which means it would be best to pick things up now.

Something that has bewildered me was how difficult it is to make ripples online. Social media is overflowing with ads and people essentially doing the exact same thing. It’s an interesting challenge. Particularly Behance and LinkedIn are a very slow-moving environment that needs deeper analysis. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are on hold until I have a steady stream of output.

Just finished a new editorial branding concept—you can find it on the front page, until I’ve replaced it with something better. What’s next is throwing myself into procedural 3D modelling, which I expect to be a topic of insane proportions. Once I get the basics down, I’ll be sure to also try my hand at designing user interfaces.

Ken

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