Here is a great resource for the more hard-core designers in our class: Smashing Magazine. From Germany, Smashing is focused on quality content for the online design industry. Here are three observations from spending some time with Smashing:
1) Based on the words used in a post, I believe that I can slightly comprehend only about 10-20% of the information from this site. Clearly, it is for the online, technical designer crowd. It took me quite a while to realize “Responsive” is a term referring to how your website does on devices like tablets and smartphones. At least I think, that is what it refers to. I do feel through this class and readings and online puttering about that we are slowly picking up this foreign dialect.
2) Despite the above, I found a number of posts and other pages with great information for a newbie blog developer and some that are really just relevant to anyone. My favorite from today is the article, “Maximize Your Creative Energy” by Ann Holm, a personal development coach and brain science expert. Great insights from her on why not to multitask, why to get a good night’s sleep, and other tips on maximizing your creative powers for work or play. There is also an extended category at the magazine devoted just to WordPress with some nice articles and resources.
3) Smashing also hosts conferences and events around the world, and coincidentally, next month they are hosting the Smashing Conference, December 9-12th up in Whistler, BC. Seems like this would be a great event for an aspiring designer to attend and hear some great talks and get pretty inundated into the field. They have an intriguing list of workshops and talks going on up there. Wish I could go!