Reflection

I've had the intention to start writing for a long time now. It's pretty rare to see a user experience designer without a blog, making it a standard item on the professional checklist. Problem was, I just couldn't get started. It felt insincere. I thought perhaps everything had already been said. I didn't want to seem pretentious. I'd procrastinate for weeks designing Wordpress templates, then drop the whole project. Recently, I've had a change of heart. I found myself reading more, learning more, and scribbling little half-formed ideas in corners of my sketchbooks. I'd save articles in Evernote and jot notes about process or application of methods. I wasn't really sharing these with my colleagues, because, although I have the benefit of a large (and awesome) UX team to work with, I work remotely from home. I can't just turn to one of them and say, "Hey, I was thinking…" anymore. 

A friend reminded me about the process of reflection we were encouraged to go through in grad school. At the time, I hated it. I'm an enthusiastic learner, but in a more hands-on, I'll-teach-myself kind of way. Being required to sit down at the end of a semester and write a five-page paper on what I learned just didn't appeal. But a way to look back and reflection on your thinking, learning, and projects is essential to growth. What especially resonated with me was Mark Boulton's post on why he blogs: " [...] it’s here – on this blog – where those ideas are nurtured and grown into something more. The very act of considering what I write is what makes my blog an integral part of my design toolkit."

So this is a place for reflection and developing ideas about my design practice. It's a space showing a personal journey, but if others find it interesting or useful, I'll be all the more delighted.