I put the Genesis Project aside first and focus what entity should hold the project and future projects for that matter. I created RATLABS, this will be a web design organization that will be headed, of course, by me.
Why create RATLABS? I believe that your biological name is the greatest brand you will ever have, but my name is a bit mouthful so I created an acronym of it. I will not give it away it here, for mysterious effect purposes, but somewhere in the brand that has my name on it go figure. So why? I just need an entity to hold my projects so there is another layer of ambiguity.
I set aside the project for a few weeks, and I already charged just a week of work on my logs. From March when I started the Genesis Project I worked on research and some sample codes for preparation of the project. I put effort on the UI of the project but there are still a lot to do and some few tweeks I need to put on the canvass. There are a lot of going on basically with the project and I think this is a good venue to put it all in the new brand.
I am a fireworks user ever since I start designing website. This was introduced by a friend and the learning curve is really fast so that’s the start of our journey in web designing.
Now Fireworks is dead, moving on to learn a new web designing software. Well there are a lot of options to choose from I just need to have that first step to learn it.
Photoshop: I know how to use this untamed beast, but thelearning curve here is very steep. The interesting part is that, making web layouts out of photoshop is the industry’s standard. No effort will be wasted if you want to learn this application.
Before Photoshop is basically for layout for print, whether it is for normal size papers to large format canvasses. Then eventually they used this to layout websites like they used today. While in Macromedia before, Fireworks was for their web and mock up creations software and Macromedia Flash make the web interfaces alive.
Adobe Illustrator was one of the soft wares that are used vectors as their main objects. Illustrator can make a raster image vectorized. Its output can be described as comic in nature since it came from basic shapes and composite shapes that create a brand new object or character.
Illustrator will definitely worth the try since knowledge of this software is a second in demand in the industry. Well it would require a lot of experience, talent and imagination to compose a character or a logo with this tool.
If you are choosing also the perfect software for your needs, the above are some recommendations. Next I will research for softwares and web applications that would also falls in this category.
Good luck to your first layout.