As 2017 inches ever closer, I wanted to do a mini-retrospective on everything that I’ve achieved over the last year so I can look towards the new year in the best frame of mind.

So this year, my big top lines were:

New website!

I launched I Am Not My Pixels in August, half as an alternative to my elderly portfolio website (now closed) and half as somewhere that I could use to expand my Instagram posts.

Some of this blog’s highlights so far include my Work Examples section getting recognised by my peers as a good example of a portfolio, and a couple of my favourite posts getting lots of love on social media including 7 rules of caring for junior UX designers and How to create a stakeholder map.

I’m really looking forward to writing more in 2017.

Started my own YouTube channel

As well as launching the blog this year, I also wanted to experiment with different formats of creating content. Making videos on YouTube is something I’ve wanted to do for a while because I like the idea that its almost like having a conversation and it can be a bit more personal.

This year I’ve made two videos on my channel and I’ve got lots of good stuff planned for next year too. Super exciting!

1 year anniversary of Creative Director at the BBC

This year also marked the first anniversary of me being a Creative Director at the BBC. I wrote about my experiences over the past year here and I’m so excited for what the next year will bring.

Instagram taking off!

The one place that my content really started attracting attention this year is hands down on Instagram. I’m frequently amazed by how many comments and messages I get from designers on Instagram wanting to learn more and connect – it really is inspiring and exciting. The design community on IG is huge and its been a real blessing to connect with so many of you through the platform.

Launched stuff!

This year, I’ve expanded my tools and resources to include:

Completely Customisable people on Illustrator

A set of festive freebies

[And to pre-order] UX Deliverables Starter Kit on Sketch

Drinks With!

Last but not least, it’s been a pleasure to connect with some old friends and new acquaintances through my Drinks With series, in which I interview designers around the world, getting a sneak peek into their design process, inspiration and tools, over a virtual ‘drink’ of their choice!

Thanks to Lynsey and Amrita for taking part this year. I’ve got a crazy line-up in 2017 for more design inspiration!

Looking forward to 2017

Next year is going to be an epic year, I can feel it in my bones. I’ve got some big goals for the year and I can’t wait to see what happens.

See you all on the other side and I hope you have an incredible new year!

Yael

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Design lead, watermelon addict, Leuchtterm notebook obsessive. I just enjoy designing great experiences for people that just work, writing about my craft and connecting with designers everywhere. Find me on Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

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