By Conor Boyle

Design and Hustle

A blog about learning to design and learning to hustle, and how technology can help both.

Procreate 5

While I am excited to see what Adobe are doing with their Fresco illustration app coming to iPad in the next few months, Savage, the team behind Procreate have announced Procreate 5, which will be a free update to all existing Procreate users later this year. As Adobe is some what playing catch up, Savage seem to moving powering ahead into an area that I find deeply underserved on the iPad, yet increasingly important for all illustrators out there: Animation. Most projects for illustrators now require some form of motion, usually simple things like a person waving or a flag blowing in the wind is what’s needed, but almost all projects require something. The ability to animate your illustrations easily on the iPad, in the same app you drew them in, is potentially industry changing, as right now it requires learning an entirely different app to do so, usually Adobe’s Aftereffects.

Other features like importing Photoshop brushes are welcomed too, almost taking the wind out of Adobe’s Fresco sails. Procreate is the leading example of professional apps built for iPad that exceed their desktop counterparts. Colour me excited.

https://procreate.art/ipad/preview

Squarespace on iPadOS

Squarespace is my go to platform of choice for building a website. This very site is hosted on Squarespace, and I built a website for a client earlier this year and used the platform for that too. Earlier this year, Squarespace launched an iOS app for both iPhone and iPad to work on your site while on the move. This was basically impossible before as the Squarespace website didn’t run properly on Mobile Safari, the web browser that this devices use by default. This meant you needed to use a desktop to work on your site.

The app itself was a welcome release. It was clean and fast and allowed for far more editing of your site than ever before. You couldn’t create from scratch, but it did allow you to add content. Some tools didn’t make their way over such as ‘adding a space’. You could add it on desktop, then view it as an item on mobile and interact with it, but you couldn’t add it natively. Either way, it was a welcome addition to iOS.

However, with iPadOS introducing a full ‘desktop’ version of Safari right on iPad, you now can amend - or even build from scratch - a website right on squarespace.com. In fact, Apple even mentioned Squarespace in their WWDC keynote as an example of what was possible. After using it for just a few days on the Public Beta of iPadOS, and I can say it’s pretty remarkable. So far, I’ve only came across a few very minor things that haven’t worked, mainly some sliders for adjusting the volume of viewable items, like social posts.

I’m incredibly happy that I’m able to amend my site from anywhere now on my iPad, and potentially even build a website for a client. This was a huge sticking point for me using my iPad as my primary computing device, and among many of the latest features that iPadOS has addressed, this is one of my favourites.

Just Start

I hate this advice. I hate it because people told me it for so long, and I seemed to keep ignoring it. I hate it because I’m quite a shy person, and because I didn’t like most of the work that I was making. I wanted to fix these things before starting anything. It turns out, just starting is actually what helps over come your worries.

Eventually I did just start. I started sharing things on my Instagram, started writing this blog, which I called ‘How To Become A Designer’. Started writing about the ups and downs, recording processes, sharing what inspired me. It didn’t take long for my confidence to start growing, for people to start asking me what I thought about design and responding positively to what I shared. It didn’t take long before I had clients. It didn’t take long before I could call myself a designer, without feeling like an imposter. I got a new job, and am going to London to do design work for the world’s largest fruit company. I think it helps that I only write and share things that I really care about, so that might work for you too, people will be interested, despite how obscure it might seem.

The processes isn’t over, there’s a lot more to share and do and make, but the biggest thing I’ve learnt so far?

Just start is the best advice in the world.

Conor Boyle
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-Conor