I've always been trying to avoid dealing with design decisions and only get myself involved in code. It's just too hard to make things look pretty for everyone since everyone has a different taste, so it's impossible to get people to agree on the final look.
About a year a go Steve Schoger started posting design tips on Twitter where he takes something and makes it look super nice in just a few steps. It seemed like everyone appreciated those tips, and as for me, I was fascinated by how these small changes made a huge difference and made the interface look much nicer and easier to browse/use.
Steve's tweets got me thinking more about the interfaces of the apps I use, and I started trying to think of ways to make them better looking and easier to use. I've also started checking Behance and Dribbble to see which design styles are currently trending.
A few weeks ago I started working on 'Telescope', a new package for Laravel, which is all based on an interface that the user needs to interact with. This is something I was really concerned about because I didn't know what the interface should be like, and I wasn't sure I'll be able to build something nice.
However, once I started to focus on building the interface I found ideas flowing into my mind and the end result was getting nicer on each iteration. I was getting inspired by the things I see on Dribbble and Behance as well as Steve's designs, and I was simply able to reach something that I thought was pretty good.
Currently I'm so excited to repeat this experience again. I want to design the interface of a product from scratch just like I did with Telescope because I really enjoyed making those design decisions that once I had a hard time making.
Love UI design?
If you're like me and just discovered a new passion for UI/UX design, Steve Schoger and Adam Wathan are writing a book on UI design for non-designers. Go check it out and make sure you grab a copy.