The challenge of learning Sketch

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

I started the UX/UI bootcamp in March. The first thing that they had us do was choose a tool to use for designs. I chose Sketch because it had the biggest learning tool and because it was the most recognized in the industry. I figured that if I can master Sketch, I can handle any other design tool. For the first 3 months or so, I struggled with learning it. I took the Linked-In learning courses, watched a dozen YouTube videos, read blog posts, joined Facebook and Linked-In groups on Sketch but still struggled. Part of the issue is that the assignment was to fix bad design. We were given assignments on color, balance, contrast, etc., I wasn't sure of the basic commands and just clicked everywhere and hoped that I was getting somewhere. After more YouTube searching and blog searching, as well as my mentor instructing me, I finally learned that the shift, command, control, and option keys were important in selecting and copying. I finally felt like I was getting somewhere, even though I was still struggling.

It has been 5 months since I started the bootcamp and now am working on wireframing. I used sketch for my personas too. I have learned that using Sketch on a project of my own (and not just an assignment to learn a skill), has helped advance my Sketch skills. I realize that I actually enjoy wireframing...mostly because I am becoming more comfortable with Sketch.

I know I also need to understand Sketch plugins. I have downloaded a few but have no idea of how they are used. There is also the problem of organization which also goes hand in hand with learning plugins. I am looking for some good resources for learning how these plugins work and best ways to organize the elements in Sketch.

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