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Working On A Site Redesign.

One of the things I love about working on personal projects is the freedom you get in your design. You can experiment a bit, play around with the code, test out different layouts. For the most part, there really isn’t any pressure to produce something extraordinary on the first attempt. On top of that, you can just keep hacking away till you come out with the perfect design and layout. Add something, take it away, add it back, then completely switch it up if you’d like.

You really can’t do that with client projects. For the most part, you get a feel for what the client expects, code out a couple different versions in a set period of time, and hope and pray the client is happy with one of the end results. If you’re reading your clients correctly and listening to what they want, this usually isn’t a problem.  They pick a design, you get it uploaded to the server, do a little beta testing looking for any bugs or glitches, and if all goes well, you move on to the next project.  Easy peazy!

I’m currently in the middle of a client project that is going well. In the meantime, I’m also redesigning bitcoindood.com and this site. I’ve learned so much in the first thirty days of doing the 100DaysOfCode challenge on Twitter, that I think I’m just going to hack away at my two personal projects and see what I come up with.

It’s been a long time since I just built something with no direction. In my opinion, those were always the funnest projects and gave birth to some of the best results. I’ve got a pretty good handle on the client project I’m working on. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be practicing all the new markup and css I’ve learned on my personal projects. My personal sites will probably be changing on a daily basis. I’m pretty excited to see what I come up with.

In other news I’ve signed up for a free eDX JavaScript course that I’ll be starting next week. Staying busy, keeping it fresh, and updating my skill set!

 

Learning To Code

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Learning to code isn’t easy. It takes time and dedication. There are no shortcuts!

I think it’s true that anyone can learn to code. The question is whether or not you’re committed to the task. Nobody can really teach you how to do this. I guess what I mean is nobody can hold your hand each step of the way and say, “OK, do this. Now do this.”

You can follow tutorials, and read. Then read some more and do more tutorials. Then sit in front of your computer and try and apply what you’ve learned so far. Then read more! More tutorials! More reading!

That’s how you learn to code!

Recently I decided to take the 100DaysOfCode challenge on Twitter.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/100DaysOfCode?src=hash

I’m really happy I decided to do this. My coding style for HTML/CSS/JavaScript were way outdated. I’m pretty much a noob at JavaScript. I can fumble around and get it to do what I want when I need to. I’m far from fluent in it though. Anyway, the first thing I learned is just how dated my web design skills really were. I couldn’t believe how much the markup and code has changed over the last ten years.

So I’m on day 19 of my 100 Days Of Code. Basically, it’s a commitment to code at least 1 hour a day. For me, on most days, I’ve been spending at least a few hours a day on it. I was just going to spend the first couple weeks updating my knowledge of HTML/CSS but I’m learning so much I decided to dedicate the first 30 days to HTML/CSS then spend the remaining time hacking away at JavaScript till I’m somewhat fluent. I’m not new to this, and I know the only way to do this right is dedicate the time to it.

I love when you see Youtube videos with titles like, “Learn JavaScript in 1 Week”. Look, I don’t care who you are. That’s just not going to happen. There is no quick and easy way to learn to code. Frankly the quick and easy way to learn to code is actually really long. Simply sit down in front of your computer and start to code. Get stumped, research, code some more. Spend at least a few hours a day coding. That’s how you learn, and that’s how you get good. There are no shortcuts. Read, learn, code / wash, rinse, repeat! When you think you know all there is to know, it’s time to learn some more!

I think the second most important thing is stay up to date. I’ve been messing around with web design since the 90s. A lot has changed. I’ve rested on my knowledge of HTML since around 2005. A lot has changed. By staying up to date, we strengthen our confidence, and are able to give clients exactly what they pay for. A professional looking website, that loads on multiple devices with a modern up to date codebase.

First thing I’m doing after my 100 Days of Code is updating the outdated look of this website. So much new stuff happening. Can’t wait to share what I’m learning.

Monthly Update March

Just a quick March update and some up coming news. Things are moving quickly in 2014, and the blog is slowly growing. Thanks to all the new sign ups, followers, and folks following the rss feed and the various social networking sites that New Aeon Design is on. I plan on getting a lot more tutorials up shortly. Expect some Gimp stuff, and Inkscape stuff coming soon. I’d also like to add some html and css code as soon as I can find some time.

bg-fractal-5-spaceI got my first graphics pack up on the main website. It’s a trippy, psychedelic graphic pack of seamless backgrounds and textures for website backgrounds or any trippy graphics projects you might be working on.  The project was a lot of fun to work on, and the designs were created by running various fractals through different filters and adding different backgrounds like stars and stuff. The graphic shown is one of my favorites from the set, feel free to use it and if you do and you like it why not consider downloading the rest of the pack . The pack is available for only $1.95 and can be downloaded instantly through payloadz. The file is in zip format, and the images are 250 x 250 px in jpg format. I’m also working on a way to incorporate Bitcoin payments for all you crypto currency fans.

Bitcoin_logoOn that note , you may have noticed the Bitcoin tip jar on the sidebar. I decided to get involved in Bitcoin a little. I’m a bit sceptical of the crypto currency but feel that it’s worth getting involved with as an alternative payment method. I think eventually a decentralized crypto currency for the internet is inevitable, and I’d like to learn as much about it now, than later when I’m trying to play catch up with everyone else. So, I’ll be posting about Bitcoin from time to time and I have a few surprises in store for fans of the crypto currency.

With all that said, thanks again for following and supporting The Design Blog. I’m gonna get creating some content now. Hope you check out my first graphics pack, and I’ll talk to ya all soon !

 

 

Making Time For Design

Things have been real busy. Sitting around drinking some wine and playing around with Gimp I realized that no matter how busy things get you have to make time for yourself. Even if you just put an evening aside to do the type of design work you enjoy doing while sipping a half way decent bottle of wine. Playing around with fractals in Gimp, or creating a silly graphic to share on your favorite social networking site.
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