Last week I released my current design and wanted to come up with something new. Unlike previous occurrences, I made the design available while I was still using it.
Normally I make folks sweat it out and wait a few weeks once I unveil a new look, but for whatever reason this time around I changed things up. So this past weekend I spent a number of hours working up a new design for my personal site.
I started with the Modern Portfolio theme that we are releasing today, and ran with it into a direction that I thought I really liked.
Expect the Unexpected
Sometimes in life you need to keep yourself in check. The past couple of themes/designs that I’ve come up with, in my eyes, have been really good. It seems like Metro and Modern Portfolio were well received, so I assumed I could keep the ball rolling.
After about 12 hours of diligently crafting pixels, I launched and activated my new design on Sunday morning. Five minutes later I re-activated the theme you see here on my site and put the new one onto the cutting room floor.
I can’t pinpoint what it was, but something about it didn’t work. Something made me think “this isn’t really awesome or innovative.”
I’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not an arrogant person, but I have confidence when it comes to developing new themes on the Genesis Framework.
With that confidence comes opportunity to face failure when things don’t go as planned.
Most freelancers will tell you they are their own worst client, and many make jokes about firing themselves. This weekend was one of those times, where I finally 86ed myself.
Once in a while you need to walk away, before things get worse. For me this was one of those times, as I was too close to the design, and needed some time before I started over.
I’m ok with that, as I do believe in mulligans.
Be Awesome With What You’re Good At
…and not what you aren’t.
I’ve gotten lucky with my last two theme designs, but deep down I can admit that I’m not a brilliant designer. While I can hold my own at times, I’m just not awesome at it.
In today’s world, efficiency and time management are vital for success. This past weekend reminded me I need to let awesome people do things that I’m not awesome at.
I’m an idea guy and like to paint pictures in my head that quite frequently I’m incapable of pulling off. This tells me that I should spend more time on the uncreative side of the creative process, and let those who are awesome at design, well design.
Even though I’ve been knocked down, I know I’ll get back up. I’m like the scrappy little puppy who won’t back down from the fight.
Another design awaits. Let’s just see which one of us wins the battle.