Why this blog?

Why on earth would anyone go ahead and start a personal blog in this day and age? Shouldn’t you just jot down whatever you have to say in a 140 characters and get on with it? Well, obviously, one reason is, that I hope to have a little more to say than that.

I’ve build this blog as a way for myself to share the things I’m working on. Be it a new idea for a responsive design, thoughts on the mobile web, or tips and tricks for using various design tools. Hopefully, this blog will serve both as my personal archive and playground, and as way to give a little back to the twitter-verse, that has taught me so much.

Over the past year or so I’ve done a few presentations on responsive web design. I’ve found this really helpful in terms of taking a step back and reflecting on the designs I’m doing and how I’m doing them. So if nothing more, I’ve build this site to become better at what I do.

My first experiences with building stuff for the web goes back to probably around the turn of the millennium, when I started putting a few pages together in Microsoft Frontpage (and admittedly even worse, doing graphics in MS Paint). From there I naturally went on to learning a bit about HTML and CSS (and luckily made the jump to Photoshop for graphics). I’ve always found writing code very captivating. Not the act of writing code in itself, but the output. How you can make things appear on the screen and make it work the way you want.

Going to university it seemed natural that I focused on that output, namely the user interface. So I put five years into studying interaction design, user research, product design, and the like. Apart from learning a bit of PHP and Flash programming, I didn’t put much of my attention on the web during these years. By the end of my time as a student everything and everyone was all about apps. My own master’s thesis was about the design of an app to help people make their money suffice.

Immediately after handing in my thesis I found myself at my first job. I was back at doing stuff for the good ol’ web. A web that had been fundamentally changed by the mobile devices that ran all these apps. So things, at least from my perspective, was now all about mobile and responsive web design. I’m a user experience designer for a living, not with the focus of writing HTML and CSS, but of designing user interfaces. So I’ve gotten along sketching stuff mainly in Axure. However, being introduced to Adobe’s Edge Reflow at the 2013 SXSW, reignited my interest in doing markup and styling. Here was a tool, were I could visually layout exactly how I wanted things to work in the browser. Working with Reflow has made me better understand the enormous power of HTML as a design tool. I have become a strong believer in blurring the lines between web developers and designers; and I’m all in on designing in the browser. Building this site has helped me catch back up on HTML and CSS, after not having written anything for the web for a good six or seven years.

Lastly I believe the story above is a testament to why I’ve build this blog. I miss putting the stuff I do down in writing. Having spent five years, writing ten 90+ pages semester projects at Aalborg University you get quite accustomed to putting your work into words. At first, after university, it’s a relief not having to do this anymore, but here we go again; I’m back at the keyboard jotting down words and blurbs. Whether you chose to read along or not is entirely up to you. If anything but, I already have and sure will learn a lot from making this site. I hope you will learn a little too.