There is a fine line between being an artist and a designer but I feel we need to be both in order to thrive and connect. David Bowie said something along the lines of make art for yourself otherwise it just won’t work. But he was spiritual, daring, free from logic, disciplined, hardworking, and created from intuition (and some Surrealist techniques) and so unless you are him then you may need to be both designer and artists.
“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.”David Bowie
But not the designer Designer kind but the US designer kind, where we hold space and empathy for the end reader. Bowie knew his end-user; people who wanted/needed to rebel. Here are some insights that may help you.
- Define the target audience: Determine who the website or online portfolio is intended for, such as potential readers, publishers, or other poets. This will help to inform the design and content of the website or online portfolio.
- Identify the goals of the website or online portfolio: Determine what the main purpose of the website or online portfolio is, such as showcasing the poet’s or artist’s work, providing information about the poet or artist, or allowing visitors to purchase or commission work.
- Conduct user research: Gather information about the preferences and needs of the target audience. This could include conducting surveys or focus groups, analyzing data from existing websites or online portfolios, or interviewing poets or artists in a similar field.
- Create a user journey map: Outline the steps that a user might take in order to achieve their goals on the website or online portfolio. This can help to identify any potential roadblocks or areas where the user experience might be improved.
- Develop wireframes: Create a visual outline of the website or online portfolio, including the layout, navigation, and content. This can help to ensure that the website or online portfolio is organized and easy to use.
- Create a prototype: Create a rough draft of the website or online portfolio using a prototyping tool. This can help to test the usability and effectiveness of the design and to gather feedback from users.
- Refine and iterate: Based on feedback from user testing, make any necessary changes to the design and content of the website or online portfolio.
- Create the final design: Use the refined design to create the final website or online portfolio, ensuring that it is visually appealing, easy to use, and meets the needs of the target audience.
- Test and launch: Test the final website or online portfolio to ensure that it is functioning correctly and meets the goals of the poet or artist. Launch the website or online portfolio once it is ready for public use.
- Monitor and maintain: Regularly review and update the website or online portfolio to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the target audience and to address any issues that may arise.
“Gentleness clears the soul, love cleans the mind and makes it free.”David Bowie
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