Hey there! Brian Dys here — I’m a visual and visceral person at heart. Ever since my mom lent me her old film camera, I fell in love with photography. All of my creative musings were exemplified by my second brain, the computer. This journey is a topsy-turvy ride of creative pursuits — from electronic music to UX design.
I enjoy every dull and wild moments of it — yes, this life of mine that I share with a woman named Jaycelle and a boy named Bryce. Take a peek into my kaleidoscope!
Upon archiving stuff in my old hard drive, I encountered my equally old (circa 2004) template of Project Folder.
Over those years in designing websites, I’ve personally developed a system for organizing project files.
Project Folder v1.0
This particular Project Folder was structured as such:
Project Folder: renamed to the [Project Name]
Archive: screenshots, document files, research resources, miscellany
HTML: the front-end stuff like HTML, CSS, media assets
Source: the source files like Photoshop, Illustrator files
Templates: image mock-ups in JPEG, PNG
Fast forward to 2008 – I was at the Chikka office for a Senior UI Designer interview. One of the questions I was asked was how I organized my design and development files or if I did. I proudly discussed Project Folder v1.0 since I developed it myself.
Remember my humble beginnings in Photoshop and didn’t have the files to prove it because my hard drive crashed? Well, it really did and that will be another story.
The second batch of practice files are still with me though. Not everyday did I experiment on lo-res stock photos and found pictures on the internet. So I could’ve not improved drastically from the first few years to the next.
Electronic Music Wow
During the late 90s, armed with an amateurish guitar-playing skill, I got hooked in playing with electronic music using MTV Music Generator in PlayStation 1. And a couple of years after, I upgraded to an early version of Fruity Loops.
Here’s an example of what I managed to produce in the PlayStation:
How I magically got that in MP3 format? I hooked a PC mic in front of the TV speaker while PlayStation is playing the song.
The whole point of this is that I was so excited to design my own (imaginary) album covers. I consider these designs part of my practice files – created out of pure enjoyment.