August has now reared it's ugly head, which means end of summer is near and time to prepare for a full class schedule once again. For this first of the August posts, I thought I would review some site stats from the summer and talk about the plans for Fall productivity.
Since May 1st, which around when I finally went live with the new site, I have had 216 visits to HipsterBrown.com; of that number, I have had 116 unique visitors and 610 page views. For a blogging newbie and student, an average of 6 page views a day is a nice success. My hope is to iterate on some of the design and improve some of the content in order to increase that average during the coming months. I may even end up rebuilding the blog with a different platform, depending on the progress of Ghost (yet another Kickstarter project I backed this summer).
As far as summer productivity is concerned, I vastly improved upon some of my design abilities including illustration and interface creation in Sketch. Before, I considered myself a simple layout and UI designer but now I'm more confident in my ability to create simple illustration and product mockups in my favorite graphic editor. I finished the HTML/CSS portion of my current personal web app project with hopes to complete the dev work this month, which leads to the primary reason for this post.
As a student with 9 months left to build up a proper portfolio and obtain full-time employment before being released into the real world, I feel underprepared but ready for what comes next. There is a lot of opportunity out there, as my constant trolling of the various job boards suggests, but it's hard to anticipate how I am reflected with my current collection of personal projects. While currently classifying myself as a UI/UX/Product designer with some front-end experience is swell for the current job market, being able to confidently call myself a Designer and Front-End Developer creates a whole new realm of flexibility in my job search.
I hope to share some awesome projects in the next few months, both in design and development, and turn a few more heads towards the site. It all leads towards future improvement and a career in this great industry I have come to know the past few years. I cannot wait to look back at this post in a few months and smile proudly at the work I've done.