Weekly Update 004 – Forge

Can’t believe we’re already at the end of January. It’s mad how fast this year has been passing.

It’s week four here on the weekly update series. Where I break down my plans and share them in public to have a place to check in to make sure I’m on track. There’s also the added bonus of keeping myself accountable by sharing the goals I set with an audience.


Pressing Forwards

This week I’m focusing on forging forward with and perfecting, my plans to lay the groundwork for the product releases I want to get out this year.

So let’s get straight into breaking down how this week went and the plans I’m working on at the moment.


Design

Goals for this week:

  • Release the UI Kit and do some promotion for it.
  • Keep up the Monday through Friday Dribbble shots for practice and publicity.
  • Decide on a theme and start up the next UI Kit.

UI Kit Release

Fly UI Kit

Got this released and out into the world. Happy to have my first design product out there so early into the year. I look forward to getting more work done on future kits.

In terms of the release, I’ve got it out on UI8 and my site (with the help of Gumroad). I’m hoping to hear back from a couple of other platforms such as Envato Elements and Creative Market soon, so I can get this kit (and any future kits) on those networks too.

Getting onto those networks will be incredibly helpful for growing the audience and driving sales. But for the time being, I’ve done a few other pieces of promotion to help get more eyes onto Fly. Sharing several shots on Dribbble, opening a Behance account and posting on several message boards and promotional lists around the internet.

I’ll keep you updated on how things go as the data comes in.


Dribbble Posting

Managed some pretty good output this week, getting over my goal of five shots and also getting some designs into the pipeline and scheduled to be posted soon.

I’m using the coming shots to experiment a little bit more with web as I’ve been on a bit of an iOS binge recently. As part of this “web week” I’m also going to be doing some experimentation with animation too. Motion is something I really want to make a key part of my toolset and the frequency I share work is a great opportunity and outlet to do that.

So keep an eye out this week for one or two animations alongside my normal Monday to Friday shots.


The New UI Kit

Did a little bit of experimentation here with the style, but I think that I’m going to need to take a little more time to flesh out the idea.

So over the course of this coming week, I’m going to carve out some time to play around a bit more with the style and direction for the new kit. This is is definitely going to be smaller than the last kit and will be flanked by a couple of free kits to help with the promotion.


Next week’s design tasks

For week five, it’s another week of locking down these habits before another push forward into the next generation of products. Let’s recap:

  • Keep up the regular updates on Dribbble and work in at least 2 animation posts to this week. Starting to build up a habit of improving and sharing my motion skills.
  • Style experimentation for the new UI kit.
  • Work on a couple of free UI kit ideas to release online for promotion and traffic.

Writing

Goals for this week:

  • Get two more articles released on the blog. Keeping on track to build a writing habit in 2020.
  • Decide on the direction of the iOS Design Book and if it’s becoming a course.

Two More Articles Released

Enjoying progressing more with my writing this time around. Things are a lot less stressful when they’re not required to be posted every single day and it means I can take a little more time to think and improve the articles I’m putting out. Here’s what I released this week:

  • My Step By Step Design Process – In this post, I talk through the craft side of design and how I go about planning and producing work.
  • Likes Vs Dollars – Here, I explain how breaking out from the anxiety of “likes” helped me grow my business.

iOS Design Book Direction

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been giving a bit of thinking to the book I’m working on about iPhone app design. I conjectured that as the book dealt with such visual concepts it would be more suitable as a course.

After thinking more, I have decided that was correct and will be putting that book on the shelf to become a course at some point this year. I’ll start working that into my plans in the coming weeks.

For now, though, I’m going to refocus the book writing energy I’ve been building into getting out a couple of free books to replace the ones I took offline last year. Let’s look at what I’ll be working on:

  • Quick Fixes For Your Website – A zippy little book running through how to break down your landing page and improve it to give your users a delightful experience. This will be a successor to the book: 1 Hour Landing Page that I released last year.
  • Remote Craft – A handbook and system on how to get things done when working for yourself remotely. Another successor, this time to smaller book I didn’t promote much outside of my newsletter: Remote Superpowers.

I look forward to sharing more and getting some free products out there again.


Next week’s writing tasks

  • Continue the two articles a week writing habit.
  • Start work on the outline for the free website audit book.
  • Write a scope for the Remote Craft free book.

Music & Clothing

Just as I said in Week 3, these are a little slower than I’d like due to January being so damn busy! But I’ll hopefully get back on course with making clothing and beats over the next couple weeks.


Wrapping Up Week Four

As we get to the end of January, I’m happy with how things have been going so far this year. I think that these log posts are having a great effect on keeping me on the right path and always knowing what I need to be working on outside of my client projects.

Check out the UI Kit if you haven’t already and keep an eye out for updates on those forthcoming FREE books!

See you next week ✌️

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