I visited Ghana recently, for the first time in nine long years. When I left all that time ago, ‘they’ were just installing a huge fibre cable all along Africa’s coast and so I expected to find internet heaven - or at least compared to the dial-up connection we had back then. Unfortunately, download speeds are still way below ours and I realised: we have got to take responsibility for our site’s sizes.
Sketch is an amazing tool for webdesign. It is equally great for high fidelity interface design as it is for quick mockups or even wireframing. It fits perfectly in a responsive workflow and its interface feels very familiar to anyone with a background in CSS development. Anything you design in Sketch can be translated to modern CSS.
How do you start a new website? Do you scatter menu links all over the place? Are all your articles all in “Uncategorised”? Or are you doing the right thing, planning all your content before you start designing and building?
I am a sucker for stationery pads. I buy them from anywhere; from the supermarket, from the wholesale store, or even from Ikea. I use them for taking notes, recording ideas or quickly sketching interface ideas. But when I am exploring layouts, I like to use these columned grid templates.
I recently came accross an old design mockup for an interface of an early edition of TrainingTrips. It occurred to me that it would be nice to see how the website first started and how we changed the design over time. Some of those changes were for the better, but definitely not all of them.