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Hybrid Designers – why you CAN have it all

The usual order of a web design process goes like that: designers take care of the looks of a website and developers put those plans into reality. But then there are those professionals who can’t just do one thing for the rest of their lives. Deciding between the two sides comes hard to some people. And if you’re into both of these fields, then what even are you?

“You’re a hybrid designer, Harry…”

OK, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes in the movie, but you get the point. One article by Ashley Gainer sums it up nicely: “Very few designers will actually design a site and then code it from scratch. And those designers who do aren’t really designers at all. They’re hybrids.” Because designing and coding often seem like two different worlds, it’s not easy to find people who have both of these approaches packed into one brain. That’s also why they earned the special name “unicorns.” “Many believe they exist, some know someone who hired one, few claim they saw one in the past, always in strange circumstances” – says Katherine Martinez, a UX designer and developer.

Not an actual unicorn / Photo by mark glancy from Pexels

Why are hybrids so special?

Let’s dig deeper. There must be something great about them besides the fact that they’re hard to find, and there is. Hybrids see the web design process from a very different perspective. They can, at the same time, think about the looks and the mechanics of what they’re creating, which allows them to reach that sweet spot, that perfect balance between what’s possible and what they want to be possible. This is the kind of thinking that has the potential to save a company lots of time and money, which is why hybrids are so in-demand.

Reasons to become a hybrid

Well, as mentioned, one reason to become such a curious creature is for those big companies to fight over you. “One-stop shops and hot commodities” (again said by Martinez) – that is what the startup world sees when they think of hybrids. Job prospects are pretty sweet in this case. But money shouldn’t be your biggest influence here. Besides a decent income, being a hybrid designer seems to be the perfect option for people who would die of boredom doing just one thing all the time. Also, it’s kind of cool to be able to create the whole deal from top to bottom on your own. There’s something really satisfying in being knows as the “digital Swiss army knife professional” (Martinez yet again).

A possible view into your future / Photo by OVAN from Pexels

But after all…

However exciting being a hybrid designer seems, it’s not the only right, universal option to choose. We don’t all have to be well-versed in every possible direction – that would be insane! Focusing on what feels right for you should be the goal. You can be a die-hard HTML fanatic who’s having a hard time choosing colour palettes. You can be a design master, severely disturbed by any type of computer code. And maybe it’s better that way. Otherwise, instead of unicorns, we would just have a ton of people hating their jobs, and that would make keeping up the “nice Canadian” stereotype really, really hard.

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Tips to Help You on Your Next Brainstorm

You know that feeling you get when you’re starting a new project and you have too many ideas in your brain? Well my friend, you’re not alone. Staring at a blank canvas with ideas running through my brain have created many brainstorms in my life, and the reason they’re called that is because they can get very chaotic. Which is why today I will share some tips that I’ve picked up that help me tame the storm.

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From the Beginner designer to Intermediate one – 1

As a beginner designer:

 

  • Do you feel frustrated when you are creating art, but the finished work is nothing like the one in your head before?
  • Compared with other artist’s fancy work, your art is simple, flat and you only can manipulate shapes and lines with the basic moves.
  • Are you amazed by beautiful, complex, and perfect patterns by other artists, you never thought of before.

 

If you are the one who is struggling under the situations as above, I would recommend to you a handy software to solve your problems. You could increase the level of your design; but most importantly is that it is easy to use with only several taps, and you can get the art by what you have seen or what you want to do.

The magic software is called Adobe Capture CC. Personal I love all design software by Adobe, but this one is my favourite. With it, I finished most of my design exercises.

Adobe Capture CC could help users design their unique shapes, font, colour theme, 3D materials, patterns and brushes, all the design element you made are saved to your personal Adobe account in your library or template. Furthermore, I will explain all the functions in my blog.

Let’s start together with the easiest, most practical tool: the colours.

 

The purpose of colours is to help the user choose the colour theme from a picture or in their real life.

The way to create your colours is simple: click on “+” to start new colours, and make a choice that where the colours sources from picture or you could use your camera to take the picture of the colours you want. Immediately, there will be several dots that show on your pictures, and you drag the dots to the exact colours you like and save this. The colour swatch will update to Adobe library automatically, you can use in Photoshop, Illustrator and so on.

For example, if you were required to draw a tiger in your design, you could Google the picture of a real tiger, and save the colours to your library, then you can have a vivid tiger without any colour difference from real one in your art now.

For the next post, I will elaborate more on the brushes with helpful tips.