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Ask DN: What do you want to learn about in 2015?

almost 6 years ago from , Lead Video Dude at InVision

I know we're already late into January, but I'm curious if anyone has set any goals for what they want to learn this year?

Personally, I'm hoping to get more acquainted with After Effects, and learn a more about video production / post processing techniques.

44 comments

  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Nothing to do with design - I'm going to do my solo flight in a small plane :-)

    Edit/addition: for a bit more context, I spent 2014 quitting my job and learning what I really wanted to do as a designer, and I think I'm pretty sure I succeeded at learning it. So, in 2015 I'm going to do more work on the parts of my life outside of my career.

    6 points
  • Jonathan SvärdénJonathan Svärdén, almost 6 years ago

    Lots of people wanting to learn how to code. I recently put together a list of different code schools and bootcamps. Feel free to contribute to it!

    https://github.com/cfj/awesome-code-schools

    3 points
  • Nicole FosterNicole Foster, almost 6 years ago

    My main goal for this year is to learn and build web applications using AngularJS and NodeJS. From there, I'll try and build hybrid mobile applications using frameworks like Ionic. Then, maybe sometime this year, I'll go from building hybrid to native apps :)

    3 points
  • Crampa ...Crampa ..., almost 6 years ago

    My goal is to write a Backbone-like JS framework from scratch. Last year I made an MVC PHP framework and it was really rewarding.

    I also want to familiarize myself with methods of caching. Hopefully get into Memcache or Vagrant.

    3 points
  • Bardan Gauchan, almost 6 years ago

    1) Learn Swift

    • Would love to build small apps for myself that I would find useful.

    2) Learn Photography

    • Been shooting mostly with my iPhone but recently got a X-T1 so I would like to learn more in depth about photography techniques (I know the basics) and go shoot more pictures.

    3) Learn to travel alone

    • I'm one of those people who hate travelling alone. I would like to atleast start trying to do that since my friends are never free to travel with or don't want to go places I want to go. I'm gonna start with something small and familiar like travelling alone to a Canadian or American city and living there for few weeks since the culture, language, and lot of other things are very familiar. Then the plan to eventually try different countries with different culture and traditions.
    2 points
    • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 6 years ago

      Hey man! I'm doing similar stuff to you this year. Good luck with it all :)

      I'm travelling alone in July, going to Tokyo, Seoul, Vancouver and then down the West Coast of the USA. Maybe we'll bump into each other at some point!

      0 points
  • Jens LukowskiJens Lukowski, almost 6 years ago

    This year I am learning to develop from the user perspective. I've been developing from the developer's perspective for too long. So I learn to interview, evaluate, test and design (UX in general). And I document and try to teach my findings and experience to my fellow developers.

    1 point
  • Taylor PoeTaylor Poe, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    I'm hoping to master Famo.us for physics-based motion UI and use it to release a couple cross-platform apps by the end of the year.

    1 point
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Today my answer will be

    1) Public performing (comedy) 2) Physics engine development 3) Server maintenance (haven't gotten deeper than CPanel, want to learn how to set a server up etc)

    And I want to get experience (different than "learning", but similar) in the following:

    1) Public performing (kicking off at my brother's wedding in September!) 2) Management (been a while since I was allowed to run a team, looking forward to doing that once more) 3) Game development (working on a non-trivial browser-based game)

    Mostly because I've found myself fairly steady in the areas of UI , UX and marketing, and while there's always more to learn, it's going to come naturally due to my current occupation. The above are focuses beyond that natural growth.

    .edit: thanks for asking. made me think, and prioritize some stuff. helps!

    1 point
  • 李 大毛李 大毛, almost 6 years ago

    Motion Graphic and Web Development

    1 point
  • Bushra MahmodBushra Mahmod, almost 6 years ago

    Super interested in projection mapping! Already started playing around with Resolume .

    1 point
  • Gavin AnthonyGavin Anthony, almost 6 years ago

    Icon design is the main focus for me this year. Would be very nice if I could start making my own instead of using plain icon sets.

    Also want to learn more about Framerjs to prototype animations. I've used AE a lot before, but I think it'd be cool to interact with the designs.

    1 point
    • Andy Orsow, almost 6 years ago

      What's been holding you back so far? Time, or not feeling equipped with the right technical knowledge / best practices to "do it right"?

      0 points
      • Gavin AnthonyGavin Anthony, almost 6 years ago

        Just haven't really had the time with other projects. Whenever there is down time, I'm always trying to learn something new though!

        0 points
  • Nick HileyNick Hiley, almost 6 years ago

    I've already dabbled in Ruby but I want to learn Rails to extent where I feel comfortable to write an app on my own.

    1 point
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, almost 6 years ago

    I've started swift language and I'll learn more

    0 points
  • Temi ATemi A, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )
    • Designing native mobile apps (iOS specifically to start)
    • Framer JS

    Non-design related: moving from beginner German skills to conversational.

    0 points
  • Laurie CaiLaurie Cai, almost 6 years ago

    animating interactions and hand lettering!

    0 points
  • Andrew Cullen, almost 6 years ago

    Great post, Andy!

    I think my main goal is to improve my presenting skills and ability to detail the story behind my designs and thought process. It's generally always there in my head but I some times struggle to communicate that with others.

    0 points
  • Can GoktasCan Goktas, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )
    • Get better on communication

    • Getting into Arduino

    • Passing the university exam & go for Architecture or Computer Engineering

    • Learning German

    • Starting to learn to play Trumpet

    0 points
  • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, almost 6 years ago

    Prototyping.

    Also, learning to let go and launch stuff instead of being a whiny perfectionist and not finishing anything :D

    0 points
    • Andy Orsow, almost 6 years ago

      Well feel free to hit me up about prototyping—I may know a thing or two about the subject. ;)

      0 points
      • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, almost 6 years ago

        Oh yeah, I've been all over InVision for a while now :D

        While I do love InVision, I want to integrate more fine-grained prototyping tools into my workflow (FramerJS/Pixate) and use InVision for general flows, while experimenting micro-interaction with these tools.

        0 points
  • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 6 years ago

    Good to see so many non-design and non-development skills people are looking to learn this year :)

    0 points
  • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 6 years ago

    Good luck with your goals Andy!

    Since you asked, I'm going to...

    1. Learn about HDR photography. I'll hopefully do a lot of this while travelling in the second half of 2015.
    2. Learn Go, by converting one of my NodeJS projects over to work in Go
    3. Learn about meditation and mindfulness by meditating at least once every three days or so
    4. Learn to speak Korean to a simple-conversational level. Living in Seoul for 3 months should help with this!
    0 points
  • Gadzhi KharkharovGadzhi Kharkharov, almost 6 years ago

    React.js: I already have some experience with it so the plan is to build several simple apps to be more confident.

    Also started learning Swift and WatchKit.

    0 points
  • Lewis Healey, almost 6 years ago

    I'm trying to make my first PHP web app with Google Maps API. I want to get the hang of back-end development and study a PHP framework like Laravel.

    One can hope!

    0 points
  • ja krish, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Prototyping - Pixate, invisionapp. Responsive web - Webflow, Reflow

    0 points
    • Andy Orsow, almost 6 years ago

      Well feel free to hit me up about InVision anytime—happy to answer any questions :)

      1 point
    • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, almost 6 years ago

      Learning how to prototype in Pixate took my an hour (5 min x 6 videos + 30 min self learning). I mean start now and you will know Pixate like app tomorrow, not the end of 2015

      1 point
  • Savelle McThiasSavelle McThias, almost 6 years ago
    1. Unity for Mobile Gaming - I am currently working on design for a game and it would be nice to learn Javascript or C# or Java to start developing them as well.

    2. Sketch/FramerJS - I have just started using Sketch. I have used Photoshop for god knows how long, but I hear good things. Just the export feature and the way it handles objects, is worth the switch over. FramerJS, I need to expand my javascript knowledge and get used to prototyping animations.

    3. Japanese - I love anime/manga. So, learning Japanese would allow me to experience them better. I will travel to Japan in the near future. Might even be this year!

    0 points
  • Andy SmithAndy Smith, almost 6 years ago

    I'm going to learn Grunt and Javascript, properly!

    Would also like to learn Swift and Ruby on Rails.

    0 points
  • Martin Tsiu, almost 6 years ago

    Xcode & Swift C4D Sketch

    0 points
  • Jon IzquierdoJon Izquierdo, almost 6 years ago

    I had an early goal of learning and using Sketch 3. First client project of the new year required it... so really jumped into the fire on this goal. Already feel like a Sketch Jedi... like Luke pre-Return of the Jedi. Good but not take on the emperor good (yet).

    Another learning goal is similar to you actually, I started prototyping interactions (animated GIFs) with Keynote (basic stuff) last year. This year I'm going to get personal with After Effects.

    0 points
  • Michael Cavalea, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    This is the year I finally learn Ruby on Rails. Hopefully...

    Been grinding on the front end for 5+ years. I like to think I've got an advanced understanding of it, but every week I still learn a thing or 2, which has kept me interested in it. Also spent the latter 6 months of 2014 improving my workflow, and learning about tooling (i.e. Gulp). Safe to say that was life changing.

    Hoping to learn some Rails/backend, so I can start making a few ideas I've had become reality!

    0 points
  • Namor VotilavNamor Votilav, almost 6 years ago

    Since me and my pals are reviving our local 3D Mapping community, I'd love to get myself into the world of sensors and arduinish stuff.

    And I also learn swedish now

    ₍₍ ᕕ༼.◕ヮ◕.༽ᕗ⁾⁾

    0 points
    • Andy Orsow, almost 6 years ago

      Whoosh

      Most of that went over my head but it sounds pretty cool.

      Is this in line with what Bushra mentioned getting into? (see lower in thread)

      1 point
      • Namor VotilavNamor Votilav, almost 6 years ago

        Yup

        But we're far over VJing in resolume by now, we're more into creative explorations and custom rigs.

        And now I'm thinking we should build a site for that stuff>>>

        0 points