Becoming a Multimedia Designer #3

Hi guys,

thanks for checking in.

As always, I hope you’re all well and safe and isn’t too effected by the COVID-situation.

It has been quite a while since my previous ‘Becoming a multimedia designer’ post on here – two months to be exact. You can read it here. A lot has happened since and I’m excited to share some of it with you!

UI/UX vs Web Development

One of the big decisions to make when studying multimedia design is to figure out which direction you want to work towards. Overall, there are two different directions – UI/UX and web development. For those of you who doesn’t know UI is user interface, UX is user experience – meaning designing websites and then you have web development which is all about actually coding the website/products.

What did you choose, Rasmus?

Before I started school I thought I was going to be a full time nerd. I wanted to be a full-stack developer and all I could think about was coding etc. I wanted to be a big-shot coding nerd. I attended a few coding courses to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript to be as prepared for school as possible.

But, since school started I’ve fallen more and more in love with web design, digital art and everything related to the design process from user research to handing over the design for the developers to code. I’ve distanced myself little by little from coding and focus more and more on the designing aspect of our school projects.

So, I’ve decided that I want to focus on this and dedicate my time at school to becoming better at this – UI/UX designer.

Professional Portfolio

During this past month our project has been to create our own personal portfolios. At first, we’ve only been asked to design the portfolio mock-up via Adobe XD and the point of the portfolio is, of course, to show our work and have it reflect which profile we’d like to work with after school – in my case it is UI/UX design.

This has been such a fun experience and even though I’m not entirely happy with the (not final) result, I’ve been through a thought process and so many iterations that I feel like I’ve learned a lot by it. I started with one idea and one iteration and the result now is so far from it – I’ll show you right now.

Below you see the landing page of my portfolio and the ‘about me’ page which is an extension of the landing page. My main focus here was to create a welcoming environment with a quick explanation of what I’m dreaming of working with after school. My story focus on telling my story and how I work in my every day life – without saying too much.

From the landing page/my story you’re taking to my portfolio side where I showcase my work. On this page I decided to split up my work into two – professional work studies and my personal projects. As mentioned before, I’ve regained my love of digital art and I want to show people that I can do more than designing websites/products.

From this you can click on the case studies and read more about the project and my process working with this. I’m not exactly thrilled about this page as I don’t really like the black boxes showcasing the iterations and the proces but I didn’t have the time to actually finish this page fully.

The last page you’ll see is my contact page in which I’ve really put a lot of focus on my love of networking. I want people to know that they can contact me – even if it’s because they want to work with me or just connect with me.

Wrapping up

This is my fifth iteration and the result of this past month working on this project. We were given a few requirements but we were freedom to create and reflect our personalities into the design.

As mentioned, I’m not 100% happy with the overall design. There are a few things I’m happy with – things like the amount of white space and showcasing my work. I started out with a lot of text and I managed to cut it down enough to make it look less bulky, which was a personal goal as I really hate websites packed with text.

Thankfully, I’m still new at this designing world and I feel like I’m off to a good start, but there’s a lot of work to be done still. Also, now I’m about to hunt down websites I can try to redesign and have it to put into my portfolio.

I appreciate you checking in and reading this entire block of me trying to describe my learning curve to become a multimedia designer. I need to practise and I love it. If you have any feedback for me, please feel free to let me know!

If not, thanks for checking and see you on the next one!

Take care,
Junior out.

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