FOUNDATION TO CREATE
Team Builder IA Map
There are lots of changes going on these weeks. The biggest difficulty for me is being asked how my app really helps the soccer coach.
While asking around some soccer coaches. For professional coaches, they need more detailed data such as Dribbles, Shots, Interception, Tackling and etc instead of brief rating systems. These kind of data is a dead end for my previous design. After all the struggles, I decided to change the main target audience. Only focus on soccer players. Make my app much more useful in player aspect.
Recently I found a free app called Koala which is very useful to me. In short words, it's a real-time compilation app for Sass and Less.
By using it, I finally get rid of my command lines which are so annoying when I forgot to end "watching". I used to cover myself pretty frequently. Another interesting thing to find is that Koala has a Chinese version too and actually author "Ethan Lai" is working in Tencent. As it's the biggest Internet company in China, it does have lots of brilliant people. By the way, I was also curious how could Ethan use Google+ as social media. As you know, China has IP blocking. Google is not allowed to be used in China. Even with a VPN, connecting with the google inbox will spend like 10 minutes plus.
Coding in progress
Despite the interface and micro elements, I am trying to connect those separated pages that I created.
Since I am a design driven guy, it makes me annoying that those pages don't look as nice as I expect. Finding the default style in bootstrap and covering it with my design also drives me crazy. You will never know where is that div inherited height from until you inspect it. After roughly linking my pages, I found my user flows need more work to do. I am lacking consideration while imagining how users gonna use my app but as soon as I get to be the first user, I realized many problems are very obvious and I just didn't see them. At this moment, I am fixing the user flows and making every page connect reasonably. Hope problems would be solved soon.
The 4th Week in developing
This week I'm heading to the most difficult feature the tactics map which is the core in my design.
Because of the variety of the tactics, first of all, I need to find a way to divide the playing field into several blocks. Then I can lay the players into these blocks so that they can be in the right position in specific tactics. After putting these tactics together in the illustrator, I figured 5X15 is the best way to fit in every tactic. I made ul as column and list as a row so that I can easily to format the positions. By using the two classes, "column class row class". I think I can locate every piece of the field. Um, I think that is a good beginning though I haven't considered the functionality yet.
15 Weeks TeamBuilder APP plan
TeamBuilder is an app designed to connect soccer coaches and their players and help coaches manage their team much more easily than before.
Make the project plan
Sign up/Login in(two version)
Create multiple teams
Switch between multiple teams
Add/Load the players' info into Database
Call the players' info from Database
Add tactics map part 01
Add tactics map part 02
Connect coach and players part 01
Connect coach and players part 02
Apply drift CSS
Testing & bug fixes part 01
Testing & bug fixes part 02
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Waiting for the "ah ha" moment, the light bulb to flicker or lightning to strike is a huge misconception to creativity. Sure, unplanned and unexplained moments do happen - and can be our best ideas. In the day-to-day if you wait for lightning to strike you could spend a long time waiting in the rain.
Creating a routine is a shortcut to doubling artistic output. Like most things, routine and practice go hand in hand with performing to the best of ones ability. This goes past practicing a certain skill for hours. It’s allowing the skill you've learned to happen naturally. Is that letting it go unplanned?
The line between the two might be blurry now, between planned and unplanned activities. I've found that in order to fully utilize a skill you need to be in a certain environment. Similar to a pitcher only throwing a 90 mph baseball with pinpoint accuracy when it’s down to the final inning. At this point the drills and practices the pitcher has done come into play. Having “been” in the situation before - throwing the game winning pitch comes naturally.
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