So instead I gave my poor post-covid brain something else to focus on. I spent about a month learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and studying typography, color, and layout. I even learned how to do basic 3D sketches by hand and designed a logo for a friend.
But I noticed a couple of things:
- Every time I tried to start a project that would specifically improve UI or UX design skills, I lost interest. So far, I’d been enjoying “just messing around”. When learning something for the first time, I think that stage is really important, and in my experience it can be far more valuable than endless tutorials. But if I wanted to make a career out of web design someday, I was going to need to focus. And that was somehow less interesting.
- A thought appeared in the back of my mind: “I can’t code anymore…but what if I could?” It started out as a whisper, but it steadily grew louder until I couldn’t ignore it anymore. Apparently part of me still wanted to study programming, but most of me believed it was impossible.
It’s possible that all the design study I did helped me to regain some of my mental abilities. (I also re-started studying Japanese, and it’s possible that that has helped as well.) So none of it was a waste, and I can still use what I’ve learned about design to improve my web development projects. I just think I’d rather keep design as a hobby, instead of trying to make a career out of it.
But who knows what this year will bring? I may change my mind…again.