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Am I a strategic thinker or a creative?

Recently scrolling through the myriad of blogs, articles and tutorials around web design, I came across a post about the different approaches one can take on in an effort to create and promote themselves as a web designer. Even at these the initial stages of my web design journey, I find the dichotomy of the need to be creative and the push for strategic and logical thinking within myself hard to reconcile to say the least.

In her article ‘Creativity vs. Strategy: What do people really want?’, Kendra Gaines (2011) addresses the need for both creative and strategic thinking to become a great web designer. On the one hand she describes the way that creativity is the essence of design and a sensitive beast that can be stifled by overthinking or too much analysis. Conversely she describes the benefits of being strategic and ensuring you prepare yourself logically for what is to come and what you need to undertake. To me, the ideal balance between these two worlds is illustrated in web design by the creation of wireframes on one hand, and storyboards on the other. The wireframes represent the strategy, you are logically and deliberately planning in the simplest way possible how to structure a website to optimize usability and return on investment for your client. The storyboard (the most fun for me) shows the aesthetic of the site, what colors will be used, how the menu will be dynamic, the imagery you’ve created to deliver optimal branding to your client.

As found by Gaines (2011), I too am a mix of strategic and creative thinking. But the real challenge is finding the RIGHT mix between the two, and ensuring that they nurture and enhance each other. Because you can be the most creative person in the world, but if you have no strategy around what to do with it, you won’t get very far.

Gaines, K. (2011) Creativity vs. Strategy: What do people really want?, http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/11/creativity-vs-strategy-what-do-people-really-want/ (Accessed 4 November 2011)

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My first client!

And so it begins…

My next big step in the journey towards being a Web Designer happened this week, I successfully obtained my first official client! (On a volunteer basis)

Ok, so I’m not yet being paid to make and remodel business and community websites with the trademark aesthetic that has made me famous the world over… Yet! But I have secured a job volunteering my growing expertise and skills redesigning the website for Pride March Victoria.

If you haven’t heard about them they are a community based organisation that is part of the International Pride association running pride marches and queer celebrations world wide.  Every Summer the finest in Victorian queer culture proudly marches in St Kilda to show that we are here, we are queer and we’re proud about it.  I’m so honoured to be given the opportunity to work with such a fantastic organisation and one that promotes such a fantastic message.

So, bring on the wireframing, drafting and consultation I’m ready to jump head first into my first ‘real’ re-design job! I know it will be an amazing experience that will make me a better person and designer.  Watch this space for updates!