AMA: Sarah Parmenter

5 years ago from Sarah Parmenter, Founder, You Know Who

  • Tim Kennedy, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )


    As someone who is fairly new to web design and development and currently finishing up a degree in web design from a University. I have spent a lot of time learning HTML and CSS and all the front end stuff. However, as I spend more time prototyping and sketching wireframes I am becoming very interested in the design of web sites. Do you have any advice as to how I can become a better UI designer for web and mobile apps as well.

    I spend a lot of time working through Treehouse tutorials but wanted to see if you had a particular book or tutorial I might want to work through a few times. I love your work and enjoy following you on Twitter.... Thanks!

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    • Sarah ParmenterSarah Parmenter, 5 years ago

      Unfortunately, this is one of those things that you just have to keep doing. There is no shortcut. Your design eye needs to be trained and this can only happen with time and lots of genuine interest in the world around you. Notice typography on everything, notice composition. It all translates.

      It's why us designers look back on our work from last year or the year before and cringe at various parts. Your design eye is constantly evolving and you can only train it by doing design work over and over again, in many different genres and platforms.

      Well done on doing everything off your own back though. Treehouse is a great resource for these things.

      I have a course coming out on how to use Sketch for UI design, you might like that? Tutorial wise, I love the stuff Meng is doing on

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