A Designer’s Ego

As a designer who loves thinking outside the box, sometimes I struggle with the idea that it’s okay if others reference your designs. When these moments occur, my ego would take the front seat and drive me into the headspace of ’ Oh no, the hours and months of thinking I put into this design, now it’s replicated. It’s not unique anymore!’

But today, I’m checking in and reminding myself the following 3 facts as it’s happening:
The design knowledge that I learn and practice daily is someone else’s years of hard work.  
If your idea is being referenced, it means your design resonates with people!  ←That’s my goal!
I use templates to design often! Wait, the purpose of design is not to be unique, it’s about serving a purpose. haha 

🤙 Later ego, nice try! Come back another day~




Coding 101 notes

<!DOCTYPE html> 
<html> 
<head> 
<title>This message is invisible on page and only appears on tab bar as title of page or when someone searches for the page online</title> 
</head> 
<body> 
<h1>What exists in the body element is visible information for the end-user like this heading text</h1>
<h2>Heading comes in 6 sizes only, Heading 1-6</h2> 
<h3>While HTML creates content, CSS styles the visual presentation of content</h3> 
<h4>When typing code, get into the habit of creating the opening and closing tag prior to inputting content as a good practice.</h4> 
<h5>Always define a coding language at the beginning of the page.</h5> 
<h6>Open tag + Closing tag= An Element</h6> 
<p>This defines content as a paragraph</p> 
<p>Elements can hold other elements, in this example, html is the root element holding other elements inside.</p> 
</body> 
</html>


This website will be replaced!

This post in a nutshell.

💡 5 key takeaways  
① A screen is div-ided into boxes
② Boxes can be inside boxes and become a family of boxes, parent and child
③ Boxes stack from top down like waterfall. 
HTML is for content, CSS is for styling.
⑤ Parents can overwrite their children’s styling but each child can be unique.  
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Originally posted on 2021.06.03
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My goal is to get rid of this current portfolio and replace it with a Webflow version, designed and built by me in 90 days. Bigger goal is to take action to grow from a designer into a builder!
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New update on 2022.01.02  (Just kidding!)
Learning to take baby steps instead of starting from scratch. Refining my current site with small CSS adjustments and Inspect function is a much more approachable learning process! Think macro, build micro. 
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Resource→  https://university.webflow.com/courses/webflow-101-crash-course?video=ne0rwMIxgcs
📣 Shoutout to James Baduor for getting me started! 


Product design notes

I recently got  3 hot tips on design and communication with your clients/stakeholders and really wanted to share them with you. 
💭 My Question– What are the top 3 common communication mistakes new designers make? 
🔥 Serhii Hanushchak’s reply:
① It’s always good to not underestimate the client’s knowledge of their product or business, they know more than you do! 
② Never overestimate your ability when establishing deadlines, always leave extra time when proposing delivery timeline.
Always ask questions, until you get the problem or the task 100%.*

I’ve definitely made all the mistakes above and still do sometimes. It’s important to name them so we can tame them! ( May the design force be with you, young Jedi!~)


Heroine amongst U.S.

Granted the experience to live in LA for the past few months, I got to hear different unique stories from people coming from various walks of life and cultural background.  All thanks to a car ride app– Uber! #not-an-ad

Upon one of my rides home, I got to hear an incredible story about my driver’s childhood growing up as a kid in Compton. He opened my mind about what’s it’s like living in a place where most associate with gang violence and street crimes. Ironically, I had the honour to learn about the powerful and positive influence in his life, his mother who raised him and an adopted brother in Compton. Together we took a trip down his memory lane revisiting his brother’s past and pivotal moment. 

What I learned is that love is powerful, the act of kindness speaks beyond words. It can transform lives. I now wonder how many heros and heroines like her walk amongst us on the streets, on the bus or passing by. This story is a reminder to always choose to respect everyone you come across and treat each other from a place of love and compassion. You never know, they might be someone else’s hero.
This is an untold story about an American heroine. One that fuels me to design opportunities for people to connect and learn from one other. 

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