Thinking about how I have always been partial to the way handwriting looks from the back of a piece of paper. An interaction that I would love to do for a portfolio site would be to have pieces of paper that initially showed the back of the page, with the handwritten words reversed, and then they flipped over to show the details of the project.
Initially I thought to have the pages flip on a mouseover (like the mouseover on http://irabanana.com/ ) but I am not sure how that would look on a mobile site. Or if the visibility would just end up being confusing as to why the text was all “messed up”, since backwards text is not a natural mapping pattern for providing information on a website. Would it even be clear that mousing over the text could turn it into something readable?
A very socially busy week, and lots to do in the free time as well.
- Stale goals:
- Resume and Portfolio revisions (now week 4!)
- Finished Designed Future logo (now on week 3!)
- Talk to Hugo on Monday, make sure our mentoring statement in turned in with Automattic
- Attend the She Geeks Out networking event at O’Reilly focused on non-developer tech roles. Attend the UXPA Monthly Meeting.
- For the storytelling for change class, work on the reading, the worksheet for using visual aids in talks, revise my personal story, and do a practice recording. Meet with groupmates on Thursday evening over skype.
- This weekend, attend the Ladyproblems Hackathon.
- Work on questions and activities for the Service Book focus group.
- Create “fascist normalizing device” sticker design.
- Continue design reading (ReWork, books from Hugo?)
- Work on a redesign for the YesOrigami wireframes based on received feedback.
It doesn’t even need to be said what a horrible week this has been. I have spent most of the week on suicide watch for depressed and anxious people in my life. Design work has had to take a serious backseat.
- Mentor meeting with Warren went well. Biggest insight was to have a clear idea of what I wanted to get out of the focus group I was running before starting. The two questions I have decided to focus on are validation of the idea (that the group is even interested) and figuring out what the highest needs are to make the software useful. We talked about how to incorporate stickies to give everyone a voice, and the use of big poster-stickies to display and group ideas. It was good to think these things through aloud, especially since there are some technical challenges of the hosting location that will make wall space at a premium/non existent. He also recommended getting and reading a copy of 37Signal’s ‘Rework’ book.
- On Friday I went to the UXPA’s local UX Fair at General Assembly for a short time. I missed the keynote and the panel, and had to leave early during the small group mentoring sessions. What I did get to attend was a talk/q&a with Astrid Chow about working for enterprise companies, and about going from a design agency background to being in-house. It was really inspiring to hear her talk. Just the ability to see another fat blue-haired woman succeeding in a traditional “corporate” environment made me feel a bit more hopeful about my eventual chances for getting in the door somewhere.
- Someone posted on Wednesday a very interesting thread about bringing in empathy to white understanding of the messages that blacks in this country have been feeling for a long time. Since then I have been pondering how to “design think” social change. How to get into places where people are encouraged to think in empathetic ways. It is still no more than a pondering, a “how might we” question, but I think answering it will become an important part of my work over the next several years. At the moment, I know many people are already at work and have studied this question, so the first step will be to tune in to some of their research and knowledge before undertaking anything further.
What I’m working on this week:
- Stale goals:
- Resume and Portfolio revisions
- Finished Designed Future logo
- Attend UI/UX Design and Code meetup
- Have a mentor meeting with Warren Croce. Discussion questions:
- Portfolio next steps
- Leading a focus group
- Connections and events
Traveling this week. Limited time to work on goals, but I am hoping to be working on:
- Draft of personal story for Storytelling for Change class
- Write-up notes of last week’s workshops
- Finished logo design for Designed Future
- Resume and Portfolio work (carryover from last week)
- First meeting with my Mentor Everywhere mentor, Hugo. Then…
- Send copy of resume/portfolio
- Fill out mentoring agreement worksheet
- Send link to website/this blog page
- Send Am/Will, T notes
- Second meeting, Friday morning
- This weekend: MDP Hackathon
What I’m working on this week:
- Life map and ‘Identifying your story’ worksheet for Storytelling for Change class, meet with groupmates and discuss reading
- Attend Pop Up: Rapid Prototyping with David Lanphear and Getting to Solutions
- Visual design work for Designed Future: a new logo for the online course
- Create a visually attractive resume
- Revisions to my portfolio:
- Consistent visuals with the resume
- Take out the customization screen on page 13
- Fix the table of contents