Janna Hagan is a Canadian-based designer focused on web and mobile. In 2011 she was named .net magazine's young designer of the year, and has already landed clients such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation of America. We had a chance to ask Janna a few questions about her work and how she used our website flowcharts for a project.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Janna Hagan, a web designer from Canada. I have been freelancing for a few years now. I just graduated from college, finishing with a certificate in both web design and business marketing.
We saw on Dribbble you are using the flowcharts for a redesign of A Student's Guide to Web Design, which is a great resource. What was the motivation behind creating that site?
Thanks! The motivation behind the site came from my personal experience in college. Although it was a great experience, there were a lot of things I was learning that were out of date, or not being taught at all. Once I finished my program, I felt unprepared for what the design industry was actually like, which led me to create a resource that not only helped me learn, but hopefully helps other young designers who have the same questions.
How did the website flowcharts help with your planning for the new Student's Guide? How could you see them incorporated into your workflow for other projects?
The website flowcharts are a great resource for mind mapping. Since I'm a very visual person, I need to be able to see the bigger picture of a design project, like the redesign of Student's Guide, to be able to work more efficiently. It also will save me hours of work by not having to re-create these assets myself.
What made the flowcharts stand out to you?
The flowcharts really stood out for me because every page or design element you can think of has been included in this great package. You can tell a lot of thought was put into what designers need when creating flowcharts and mind maps.
If you could design anything, what would it be?
That's a tough one - although I love designing websites, I have found a love for designing for mobile and it's something I'd love to get more work in. I love the challenge of organizing and designing content and images for the small mobile screens.