iXD Week 5 Journal Entry: Really?


This week has been frustrating.

I’m in the weeds with this project because it’s a steeper learning curve than I had anticipated, and don’t know if I made the right decision to use proto.io to create my design.

I have the functionality and the map laid out in my head, and on paper. It’s the implementation that’s tripping me up.

Some of the things that just don’t seem to work the way I want them to are:

  • Getting the transitions between screens and tasks to flow nicely, both with timing, and in choosing the “correct/most intuitive” action for each change. I spent so much time playing around with this that I just stepped away from it to move on to other problems. I’m going to have to go back to it.
  • I want the design to work well both at the portrait and landscape orientation. I know we’re designing only in portrait at this point in the process, but I would like to know that the design would work for both. I know that I’m getting hung up with perfectionism, especially as I write this down and read it back to myself. At this stage, I think I’ll have to let this one go.
  • Choosing elements that work well with each other, and also meet the expectations I have in my head for this work. Is it okay that the buttons and tabs don’t look exactly as I pictured them? How much of this is because I’m still learning, and how much of it is the limitations of the program?

I have one week left to perfect this design. I know that much of what’s frustrating is actually a good thing, because it means that I’m learning a new skill. It’s hard to learn new skills, and it takes practice, repetition, and a certain amount of determination to get past that feeling that I’ll never be as good as some of my classmates who are already doing this for a living. I’m struggling with the idea of being a “newbie” again, after almost a decade of working in my current field, and having achieved a certain level of expertise.

The thing is, I’m passionate about this. It’s why I haven’t just settled for what I have now, and “just gotten the work done”. I’m really trying to push through and find the satisfyingly right solution.

I had lunch with a friend this week, and she reminded me of something very powerful. We have to put in the time and effort to do something right in order for the work to be meaningful.

This is her life motto:

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
-John Wooden

That advice really resonated with me. So, I’m sticking with the puzzle-solving this week, and we’ll see what I can make happen!

And if I mess it up entirely, and feel like yelling an Amy Poehler-like “REALLY?!” at the end of it all… I guess I’ll just have to keep trying until I master the skills to go with the ideas in my head!



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