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  • Oykun

  • Freelancing for 15+ years and building uijar.com. Feel free to ask me anything via "Ask Me Anything" button 😊

I don't really spare extra time for it. I work on side projects very casually on sofa at nights while catching up with our tv shows 😃 However, if I need to learn something completely new and a bit complex, I give myself few days in between client projects. For example when I started UIJar.com, I gave myself 1 week off after I finished a client project. In that week, I covered all the basics of Ruby on Rails and built the site in the simplest form, then improved slowly at nights.
about 1 month ago
There is also Adobe XD which I collaborated with Adobe recently :D It's amazing to see so many developments in high quality and very affordable design tools, even free actually! These tools excite me for what is coming next. I tried pretty much all of them. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. In the end, they are just tools though. You just need to pick one that you are comfortable with and focus on it. They all are very capable. My choice is usually based on clients and projects. For example, if I'm joining a team who is using Sketch App, I use that. If they don't have any designs yet, I discuss the options with the team and give our decision together. It's amazing how many choices we have today. When I started my career, we only had Photoshop and it did cost a lot of money! Like I mentioned, just pick one and design with it. You can't really go wrong with any tool today.
about 1 month ago
I hear you mate! I'm in a very similar situation. I really want to write these case studies to share some ongoing work too but to be honest, I'm a bit too lazy to do that. It consumes a lot of time and effort that I rather spend with family or for side projects... I also have the NDA problems in recent years.
about 1 month ago
Appreciate the honest answer, mate! You clearly got over this period in years by now, but you brought up a very interesting point. I believe this is a common issue currently for many young designers in the design industry. That's why the number of young designers reaching out to designers like myself for advice has skyrocketed in recent years. This is one of the reason why I started this AMA section. All these highly funded digital products' pressure on young designers with high expectations must be putting lots of weight on young designers' shoulders in early ages. It of course comes with both goods and bads like many other things in life. I just hope all the young designers can follow their guts, as you mentioned, and be happy in the end.
about 1 month ago
Nice! This makes Tidal the first big scale project I know of that is using Figma as primary design tool. I'm sure there are more out there btw. I have been thinking to make a switch to it from Sketch App for my client projects as well for 2019. How did you make the transition from the previous application (Sketch, Photoshop, ...)? It probably wasn’t easy to have everybody on board with such a big change :) How did it improve your communication with developers?
about 1 month ago
Exactly Jan, it is hard to predict with the current crazy pace of new developments! What makes more wonder is what we will be designing for in near future! Maybe less interface and more interaction via voice, motion, ...
30 days ago
I like how you ended :) "a block is necessary, it is part of the process.". So true. Not necessarily taking it as a problem, but accepting it and making the most of it. Btw, 6 years! I respect that loyalty, considering all the tempting offers you got from other places in years. That "skill sharing Friday" sounds like a great idea. I imagine it also would be a great way to share with the team what you have learned recently and staying up to date with the recent technologies altogether. You probably had many new great ideas came up for the Musixmatch at those Fridays. I wonder if it is a common practice in companies.
30 days ago
It is hard to pick one 😅 I learned a lot with UI Jar and still learning! First thing that comes to my mind right now is that I wish I added user signup feature from the very first day. I released it way too simple as I did not have any expectations at all. When it became product of the day at Producthunt with 1k+ upvotes on top of all the social media shares, the site got thousands of visits in a short period of time and I missed a big chance to get people signed up and keep them engaged. So, next time I release something, I will make sure to add sign up feature even if there will be no features for it at the beginning :)
21 days ago
Hey Vasco, there are no borders for our work in today's way of communication via internet. The biggest challenge is standing out in the crowd. Few things that would help, in my opinion: - You need to have an English portfolio website. - You need to make your work to reach as many people as possible. You can use website's like Dribbble, Behance, UI Jar for that. - You need to have a strong network with other people both in virtual world and in person. Connections = More work. I can't stress the importance of this. - Agencies are always open for new talents. Feel free to reach out design agencies based in other countries with customised portfolio. Long story short, put yourself out there and get connected to more people. Work will come :)
13 days ago
Yes I hear you. That's the main reason why I have been considering the figma for my client projects too. All the version problems, syncing via dropbox, etc... It doesn't feel like the experience we should be having in 2018. I just haven't been confident enough with the symbols system of Figma so far to build my complex client projects, but I'm getting better at that, especially after MengTo's free Figma course at https://designcode.io/design-system-in-figma :)
7 days ago
Thanks mate! I totally agree that good personality and enthusiasm is really all you need to build new skills, adapt to a team and create great products. That was very much the situation I was in at the very first agency I worked for, I didn't know much but I was very excited to learn and it didn't long to work on big scope projects with great results. Turkey based designers, here is your tip regarding Fol Studio! :)
7 days ago
I guess it all comes down to doing what you love. Rest is not a problem at all : ) You are doing an amazing and inspiring work in that busy schedule! Keep it up mate...
7 days ago
You are a night owl then : ) I used to be similar, until having kids who jumps on our bed at 6-7am :D However even before the kids, I could never sleep long. I can see how you would speed up your process by the time. That's my struggle at the moment, I really want to keep my Instagram account updated but it takes so much time to arrange desk, take photo, pick one, edit, write content... Especially since I have started putting my free time to coding uijar.com Your instagram inspires me to get back to it though. Hopefully soon, I will get back to it.
7 days ago