While I don’t consider myself a designer, I see design as an extremely important skill to have whether you’re building an app, creating brand assets, producing content, or even making flyers to support a local event. Here are some of my favorites resources related to design.
When it comes to creating images from scratch or doing touch-ups to an existing one, I recommend Figma and Pixelmator.
In the past I’ve used Gravit Designer which is still a great alternative to vector design apps like Adobe Illustrator and Sketch. Figma has been slowly gaining popularity and because it is web based, it makes it almost trivial to start creating logos and prototyping user interfaces. Pixelmator is unfortunately a Mac-only desktop app, but I like it as a much cheaper alternative to Photoshop.
I designed my personal logo (shown above) myself using Gravit, and I recently tweeted a new podcast artwork that I’m working on with Figma.
One thing that I definitely lack in is being able to design icons or draw illustrations. Thankfully there are tons of resources from other designers who provide these types of assets to you for free.
As I mentioned before, I don’t see myself as a designer, but I still really enjoy pleasant and intuitive designs. Being passionate about something allows you to take inspiration from the world around you, such as from Apple’s minimal design patterns.
What’s great about minimal design is that it’s not that hard to learn. Remove less important elements from a user interface, add whitespace, use a consistent and small color palette, and chances are you’re not that far off from a clean interface.
I redesigned my personal website at the end of last year, and wrote about my design decisions. What’s mentioned in that article is the amazing Refactoring UI resource which I learned a lot from in keeping my design simple and readable. I also highly recommend these UX tips from Steve Schoger.
It takes time to learn how to improve the UX (user experience) of a website or app that you’re building. It also takes time to learn how to properly brand and grow a personal brand. The important thing is wanting to improve and hopefully some of the resources that I shared here can help you some way.
Also let’s not forget that this weekend was part of International Women’s Day! I shouted out some of the amazing women that I follow on Twitter and am always looking for new and interesting people in the tech community.
For the upcoming week I will be recording a new podcast episode and writing a new article most likely around the topic of providing value in what you do. If what I’ve provided so far has been of value to you, it would mean the world to me if you shared this newsletter with a friend! Forward it or share this link: https://sunny.link/news
That’s it for this week. See you next Sunday when I’m used to the new time change 🕐 😴