How I Spent My Covid-19 Isolation
The world changed overnight in March. As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I was scrambling to look for work. It’s hard to be patient when suddenly you’re caught in a hiring freeze. Yes, most of the work I do could be done remotely. However finding opportunities online were drying up or roles were in limbo. So it was a matter now of using my time to learn and position my skills once Covid-19 had past. Here are a list of work projects.
Helping out my community in need during COVID, while learning a new skill set for a bootstrap project.
3DP Taskforce - Projects
After my volunteer involvement, I got inspired to create some prototypes to take the initiative further.
Remote Design Week
With so many designers and workers looking for opportunities in a pandemic, Design X Community stepped up to launch an online conference.
Celia Hodent / Game UX
Lightning in a bottle struck. When one of the game industry’s respected names offers up free webinars, I seized the opportunity.
Getting inspired and learning how businesses are coping with Covid, Elevate offered some free guest talks during my lunchtime.
I was already sold on the service. Now I’m back to learn more digital painting from one the of bests out there.
A few companies started to offer online teaching courses for free for a couple of months. I wanted to learn some UI Design from someone’s work I’ve liked for a while.
The Adobe community team have been really out there promoting some great workshops that were centric on Adobe XD. I took advantage of that.
Interaction Design Foundation
I asked my professional network, how can I keep my UX skills sharp, as well as learn other developing tech areas to compliment this. IDF came up a couple of times during some conversations.
We needed some face masks. Handcrafted ones have some drawbacks because they don’t accommodate some details.
Our family decided to do grocery shopping online for the first time during Covid. The process has its perks and issues to resolve.
To offset food availability, we decided to try a grocery subscription service. It’s produced some great results, in terms of flavour and photography.
Retailers are adapting to a COVID world of point of sale and transactions. Here’s how it went this summer with Home Depot.
Using Procreate to develop some new illustration styles while binging one of my all-time favourite Canadian TV series.
Games For Change
Learning about accessibility and empathy with some of the brightest minds in game development online.
GDC Summer 2020
One of the premier gaming conferences opened up an online version to take part in. Building upon my Game UX knowledge benefited from this opportunity.
PAC - Accessibility
What would an adaptive controller look like for the PlayStation ecosystem? I decided to tackle this idea that’s been gaining momentum in the game accessibility forum.
Days Gone UX
Jedi Fallen Order UX
Predator: Hunting Grounds UX
From Beta to Final release; a comparative analysis.
Learning the platform, developing my side hustle to the next step.
Wacom Webinars Series
A series of instructional webinars and hearing from one of the best creative minds right now in the animation industry.
VR AR & Unreal4
Taking an interest to the next step in AR VR development, by learning a game engine. As well as being inspired by a television show.
Taking an opportunity to learn from an online conference and taking in some courses on UX design and web accessibility.
Another Design X Community event. This time it was a focus on side ventures in your off time. Designers all have sort of passion project, and I wanted to learn new ways of handling it.
Created by Bobby Chui of Schoolism, this conference brings the best artists in the concept art industry under one roof. I would love to go in person, but an online version will gladly do.
Pickering Community Banners
An opportunity to heighten the spirits of my city. An avenue to showcase my illustration work publicly.
IBM Enterprise Design Thinking
An opportunity to learn design thinking approach, from one of the most successful companies out there.
Broadening my knowledge on game accessibility in an online conference. Fascinated to learn the approach taken from some of my favourite game developers.
A spur on a moment suggestion from a friend. Managed to hear some great talks for some top game developers, as well as film and tv studios.
Adobe Max 2020
3 Days of creativity and learning about new featuring coming to the Adobe Creative Cloud of applications.
#a11yTO Gaming 2020
My second year attending. This year was online but didn’t stop sharing the advances in gaming accessibility.