Playing with Sketch

 Interface design

Interface design

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve written anything for my blog (( LIFE )). But I wanted to start by talking about this nifty app everyone’s been raving about. Sketch has literally taken the design world by storm! So much so that rumor has it it’s the next-gen application to replace Illustrator and even— Photoshop. Gasp!

But, after a few hours of toying with it I’d have to say nope, it’s not. Photoshop is still best for photo editing and resizing images, and Illustrator is still amazing for drawing or creating free hand vector artwork. Sketch, however, is super simple with a clean interface that makes it easy to create wireframes that you can then apply the interface design on top. It’s easy to create multiple art boards and rework parts of your design, which can be done in a matter of minutes. As long as you get over the initial learning hump of course. But it’s cool, and I like it.

 Wireframes

Wireframes

I still found myself wishing I had the freedom to draw certain parts of my work in illustrator so I can really dig deep and push the concept, or turn some of the vectors into outlines so I can apply cooler effects to things. So for my first pass at Sketch I focused on keeping things super simple, just so I could get warmed up.

I’m hoping to push the #harper concept more and maybe animate the interactions on the screen. I think that would make this look a little cooler. But for now, the goal was to understand the app and focus on color, layout, visual, and content hierarchy.

Following Your Passion

I began my career attempting to obtain a degree in dental hygiene — I know, what was I thinking!? Telling people to say ahh and picking their teeth for a living is not something I would have enjoyed for very long. Hence the fact that I changed majors two years in to focus on graphic design. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a very reputable field and you can make a great living cleaning teeth. But once I realized all my math and chem notes were covered with illustrations and I continuously took art classes as an outlet to keep my sanity while attending college…it was time for a change.