What I Learned: HOW Design Live 2013

Last week, I went to the HOW Design Live conference in San Francisco for the first time ever. Going into it, I had this grand idea in my head that I was going to learn life-changing things, have career-changing experiences, and generally have it All Figured Out by the end of it. I was going to come back to Seattle with notebooks full of inspiration and information, and I was going to dive into my freelance business with a renewed sense of drive and purpose.

None of that happened.

: A Closer Look at Crap

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Every great designer I know has the same problem: an inferiority complex. We make ourselves miserable trying to be the best, to live up to the likes of the greats that came before us. Hours kicking ourselves wishing we were better. I think it is due to a simple reason.

We surround ourselves with…

My wife tells me that I do this. I don’t see it. Mainly because I’m too busy trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes and convincing them I’m not a completely rubbish designer. So this was an eye-opener, to say the least.

New look…new work. 

Slowly but surely, I’m moving over to my new brand, and new vision for my career and business. To commemorate it, here’s the first look for an app I hope to develop very soon…Liqr. It’s your mobile digital bartender. 

Keep a detailed snapshot of your liquor collection with you, on the go. Add detailed notes from your wine club. Plan the perfect spread for your next party. And, of course, share your collection with your friends. Right now, it’s just in a conceptual state, but I hope to begin to bring it to life very, very soon. 

As for the new look to the blog? Well, there’s more to come on that later. 

Today’s #365create piece is an app icon for  Surprize , the location-aware iPhone app I helped create at Startup Weekend last year. While the momentum from Startup Weekend waned, and Surprize was beaten to market by similar apps such as Wrapp and Karma, I’m still very proud of what we created in that two-day crunch. But of course, I’m never happy, and now that I’ve got a year of app design under my belt, I’m redesigning the UI for Surprize. Maybe it will someday see life again…

Today’s #365create piece is an app icon for Surprize, the location-aware iPhone app I helped create at Startup Weekend last year. While the momentum from Startup Weekend waned, and Surprize was beaten to market by similar apps such as Wrapp and Karma, I’m still very proud of what we created in that two-day crunch. But of course, I’m never happy, and now that I’ve got a year of app design under my belt, I’m redesigning the UI for Surprize. Maybe it will someday see life again…

I didn’t get around to posting yesterday for my #365create project, so you get two shots today. 

This weekend, I took the sketches for VegasMate I was playing around with earlier this week, and cranked out a redesigned detail screen. As I mentioned in my earlier post, VegasMate is a deep and robust app, and there’s a lot of functionality buried in there that even I didn’t know about. With this, I’m trying to put more of the good stuff front and center, while allowing power users to get to the information they need the most. 

I might continue to play around with this concept-I’d like to see how a couple of the other screens might work, but I’m pretty happy with where it is right now.