I have recently switched to Figma. I can't say if I would have had as much problems learning Figma as I did Sketch if I started with it. I am thankful that I started with Sketch. And maybe because it is harder to learn that Figma seems easier.

I began with fixing some of my high-fidelity mockups. Of course, I had to learn the terms and how to navigate but once I got a hang of it, it came quickly. I like the way it is laid out and that I can use it on a browser or on the app. With Sketch, I was doing a lot of external clicking and don't seem to be doing that quite yet with Figma.

One of the issues with Sketch was the plugins. There are so many of them and it is difficult to know which ones are good for me, or how to best use them. I have not yet explored the plugins for Figma but it seems they may be easier to navigate but will explore that in another post.

I just finished the animation unit. Springboard suggested using Invision Studio. For some reason I could not download it from Chrome. I ended up downloading it from Safari. I opened it up and it seemed to be set up similar to Sketch. I was to bring over my UI elements from my Style Guide and then animate them using Invision. I wanted to animate the toggle switch and found a tutorial using Figma. I started with Invision and found it difficult to duplicate so ended up just using Figma. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish.

Here is a link to the prototype of the toggle button: https://www.figma.com/proto/2kODL57RalM2Ph59Yrrn6F/Wireframes-mobility-equipment?node-id=29%3A416&viewport=295%2C619%2C0.2154141366481781&scaling=scale-down

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It has been 8 years since my divorce. My ex-husband was so into Disney that it infiltrated every part of of our lives. Every vacation was to Disney World or Disneyland. After 18 years with him (9 where we were married), and he had asked for the divorce, I also divorced Disney. I went through a period where I hated Disney. I no longer hate Disney but I do hate what it has become. I know that Walt Disney created the parks as a place for families to be together. But it has been marketed so much it has trivialized it to the point that to call something Disney-esque or Mickey-mouse is not a positive thing. I thought of this and don't think this is what Walt Disney would have wanted. I was curious about this and so looked it up on Meriam-Webster and found this definition for Mickey Mouse:

Mickey Mouse adjective

\ ˈmi-kē-ˈmau̇s \

Definition of Mickey Mouse 1: too easy, small, ineffective, or unimportant to be taken seriouslyMickey Mouse coursesa Mickey Mouse operation 2: being or performing insipid or corny popular music 3: annoyingly pettyMickey Mouse regulations

Disneyesque adjective

Dis·​ney·​esque | \ ˌdiz-nē-ˈesk \

variants: or Disneyish \ ˈdiz-​nē-​ish \

Definition of Disneyesque : resembling or suggestive of the films, television productions, or amusement parks made by Walt Disney or his organization

First Known Use of Disneyesque 1939

Wikipedia has this definition: "Mickey Mouse" is a slang expression meaning small-time, amateurish or trivial. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it also means poor quality or counterfeit. However, in parts of Australia it can mean excellent or very good (rhyming slang for "grouse")

I found this interesting the mixture of different feeling and definition and how it is also related to the United States itself. To me this is very bothersome and disturbing. We have lived in a world where people don't respect each other in a society of greed. It makes me wonder if we weren't trivialized and took things such as the virus, other people's well-being, and the environment, would be in this predicament with the virus, racial problems, and environmental factors?

On a positive note, I am thankful for what I have, my health, my family, and friends!

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Back in March when I first started with Sketch, I had to go through lots of tutorials. One of the tasks was to create a chat icon. I really struggled with it...and I think also cried about it. No matter how many YouTube videos, tutorials, or articles I read, I couldn't get it. Well, until now...

I just finished my wireframes for my first capstone. I thought they were fine but my mentor suggested that I needed to add more, as there was too much pixel space. I really didn't want to do them over again...but I have a friend who inspires me without even trying that makes me work hard to do my best work. So, I attempted the wireframes again and saw areas that needed more content. One of the things that I added was the chat icon. When I started with Sketch, I didn't realize that it was basically a circle and a triangle joined together. I didn't review the tutorial this time. A few units ago, I completed a sketch (as in a sketchpad) unit. I have always struggled with drawing. All of the excuses about not being an artist...I have used them all. And what was hard for me was that my older brother was the one I loved to hate (not literally) because he was super talented with natural talent, never had to work hard at academics and was athletic. All these things came hard for me...and I have had to work hard to achieve them. The unit about sketching was helpful in realizing and seeing that most is basic shapes. This time when I attempted the chat icon, I Googled chat icons so I can see the images. I saw how clear it was that it was a circle and a triangle joined together. This was a successful day. And here is my chat icon...maybe not perfect, but I am proud of it:

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