I recently read “Maintaining Creativity / Psychology for Designers” by Frank Berzbach (currently not yet available in English but in German and some other languages) and it helped me think about and discover many insights about the topics creativity, productivity and different work environments. I want to share my main insights here.
As the title suggests, the book is mainly targeting designers who work in (or for) agencies and most of the examples align with that. However, in my opinion this knowledge can easily be applied to any job that revolves around working in an office environment and interacting with other people (i.e. software developers, project managers and many others). I recognized many of the situations described in the book during my time as a web developer at startups and also during my short periods as a freelancer and working remotely (the book also features a chapter about “properly working alone”).
Since I’ve been using a lot of VS Code recently (even though it’s a Microsoft product), I decided to port my existing Atom package Angular-Bootstrap to VS Code in order to access the snippets there as well. So that happened yesterday and now you can find the extension here: Angular UI Bootstrap Snippets. I hope it’s useful for one or another!
For the past year I’ve been using Atom on a nearly daily basis. Despite its sluggishness it quickly became my editor of choice thanks to many packages that are improving my workflow. I’m often using AngularJS and the UI Bootstrap components for my projects, so I decided to write my own Atom package full of snippets and auto-completions for that exact (and obviously popular) combination of frameworks. It’s appropriately called Angular-Bootstrap and received 171 downloads by now! It’s far from done (many components and documentation are still missing) but seeing it being downloaded and used by other people clearly increases my motivation to maintain it over a longer time.
So – if you’re one of its users – thanks for using my package and don’t hesitate to leave feedback in the GitHub repo!
The Modal snippet/auto-completion.
Hey, today we (my co-student Lennert and me) published a new website for a water sports center in Berlin! It’s simply called Wassersportcenter Berlin.
The new website is based on WordPress and some plugins for the events/booking system. It was once again a cool experience to work on a bigger project and knowing that the website will be seen by many visitors and customers is a good place to start and stay motivated.
Overall I’m also very satisfied with WordPress’ customisation features and the easily usable and well-documented API. Also this is one of my first projects featuring a lot of SVG graphics – they’re basically being used for all images except for photos.
Go ahead, check it out and book a course if you want to learn surfing or boating.