Note: This is the eighteenth in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.
Prompt: Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?
I’m writing this at about half past midnight, on an evening when my mind has once again refused to let me fall asleep at a normal hour. So right now, I’m feeling like what I’d like to try next year is some bedtime strategies to kick my life-long insomnia habit. Any ideas?
In terms of things I wanted to try in 2010, there wasn’t much that I *didn’t* try this year. Call me fearless, crazy, whatever you want to call it, but I’ve always been the type who gets curious about things and then tries them. I do it with food, I do it in business, and next year, I’m going to be doing it with design education. Sometimes I fall flat on my arse; sometimes I’m met with varying degrees of success. In any case, I always end up trying, and I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I didn’t.
Beyond the insomnia thing, the one thing I’ve been dying to do in 2011, if I find myself actually possessed of the time, is write a book. I’ve got two in mind; the first is about starting an indie design business (and all the emotional challenges therein). The second (and more interesting) one is about design for Drupal – by which I mean the ins and outs of a Drupal project from a designer’s perspective *beyond* colors and layouts. I want to talk about UX, strategy, some development tricks that make a designer’s life easier, and a bunch of other stuff – all of which is geared towards bridging the gap between developer-speak and designers. It’ll be interesting to see what shakes out (if anything) in that regard.
HINT: If anyone’s a publisher, I’m open to offers…