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Blog Folio: How This Thing Works.

You might have noticed by now that some of the works I have in this blogfolio are not always my best. As we have all come to understand, portfolios must always showcase only a professional’s best works. Goodness knows, I’ve removed projects from my original individual portfolios because they look so bad, people might think I cannot do a good job. Of course, there are reasons why a design project ends up looking hideous, but the most common reason is when people who are not supposed to participate in the visually/technically creative process meddle in it. We’ve all heard of the saying, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” This blog folio, however, includes some of those ugly projects. Why? Well, let’s get to that in a little bit.

Creative Process

Clients are usually part of the design process. Though they really shouldn’t be touching any of the aesthetics and functionalities (more often than not, they actually do!), they will at least know what they want for themselves and their customers. Upon identifying what they’re after, we’d have an inkling on how to deliver our jobs properly. This system, which includes our individual creative processes and our eventual collaborations with organizations, is what I want to document here. We’ll talk about artistic and design experiences and how these evolve, even when uncontrollable factors dive in. Hence, you’ll see me sometimes discuss works that we’d rather forget. (But it’s true! There are times when, say, Clipart or Comic Sans Serif are the only things our client’s customers will respond to, and we’d have no choice but to use them.) Now I’ll tell you what project constraints result in (sometimes good, sometimes not-so-good), but I’ll also share with you how to deal. The primary purpose of this site is to document our evolution as artists and designers. The secondary purpose is to educate the next generation of artists and designers.

Steve Krug gave an example of the design process in his book "Don't Make Me Think" (p. 123-124)

Steve Krug gave an example of the design process in his book “Don’t Make Me Think” (p. 123-124)

Finding the happy places.

Like I’ve mentioned earlier, portfolios are supposed to feature ONLY the best works. And while this site’s purpose prevents me from doing so, I do want to highlight the best, especially for people who have need of my skills. If you’re interested in finding my best works, the pieces that gained recognitions and awards, or simply the ones that mean most to us, you can visit Skysenshi’s Favorite Projects.

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