Hello, world! My name is Kevin Akins. I'm a web-developer, graphic artist, and sometimes will do digital photography for the sake of what I am designing. Aside from being a developer and designer, I am the co-founder of an emerging clothing line called BREAD Clothing Company, LLC. My specialties include UX/UI design, responsive web design, and various types of graphic artwork and design.
I am from Sacramento, CA, but have recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA to further my career in web development and graphic design, secure and establish a living situation for my daughter and I, and help my child in bettering her education and future.
In the last few years, I have found myself incorporating the ideas and practices of user experience (UX) - hand and hand with user interface design (UI). I've learned it helps a lot to apply these practices of UX to anything I'm designing whether it be a website or a simple flyer. I emphasize this idea and having it's own section on the landing page, because I believe that most companies and startups are lacking this very aspect of design and development alone. Without the principles of UX being present in a design/development project, me as a designer am only left with an impuslive way of designing a page. Overall, I want viewers of all sorts to have an experience when they visit a page, not get annoyed at the lack of accessability from their smartphones and tablets.
One of the first things I do when developing a website or application is do information architecture, followed by creating a wireframe. The wireframes help me determine ideally where each bit of content (or most of it) will be placed on a page, and variations of that page based on the size of the screen it is being viewed in (witl all intent of making this a responsive website). Once I have an ideal wireframe created, I then put together a mockup using programs like Adobe Photoshop, to get a visual of what the website can possibly look like compared to it's grayscale wireframes.
Figuring out my client's tendencies will play a big role in the way the website is designed also! For example, if a client utilizes his or her social media outlets quite often, it'll be important for me to design and incorporate social media icons/links on both ends of the page (top and bottom). Determining the sweet spot of where most human's thumbs will be on the screen of a smart phone is equally important if not more! It must be a pleasant experience for a user to skim through a site with ease… being sure the hamburger menu (the menu icon with the three stacked lines) is in good, comfortable reach would be ideal!
Doing my research is a big part of user experience. It is important to know or be aware of what users want out of a website, and how easy those sites should be to navigate. Users should be able to click no more than two to three times before being able to subscribe to a website, or be able to access the subject's social media outlets almost instantly from the official website before having to think to search for their Facebook or Twitter account.
Thank you for viewing my landing page. While this page is active, I am in the process of designing and developing my official website set to publish by the end of this summer 2015. In the meantime I can be reached via email, telephone, or I can be followed on my social networking pages.