I just registered and I am looking forward to being involved. I am beginning to get into web
design and this website and forum has definitely been a great resource.
I suppose it depends on what you want to do. What do you want to showcase, your design skills or your developer skills?
A few years ago I was trying to be good at too many things and I ended up just being mediocre at everything. I stopped focusing on design and moved all of my focus and learning towards front end development.
If you like designing stuff (how it actually looks) but don’t really care to learn the technical implementation process, then you’re probably leaning toward web design/UI design.
@chrisburton, I don’t really think the rudeness is necessary – I attempt to help people on here just as you do. I think that there is a need for people that call themselves designers to have a basic understanding of what can and what can’t work for the web medium but that doesn’t necessarily make them a front end developer.
Regardless, I’m simply giving input from my own experience in the field. I should say up front that I am not a designer myself.
Yeah. Perhaps my general statement was too vague/broad and I didn’t intend to insult any designers out there or demean their work. Again, I’m a developer, not a designer. I’m handed a project with mockups and I make it work. But certainly there were better ways to have pointed it out if you felt offended by my statement.
But we’re railroading OP’s question. Maybe you could give him/her more specific input, since you seem to be very versed in what design is and isn’t. And that’s not me being passive aggressive – I’m serious. But if you’re here to argue semantics, then hit me up on email because that’s not fair to this poster.
@Dev_N, I tried to do the ‘jack of all trades’ thing and it landed me with an amorphous job title and way too many hats.
@theacefes Where do you see in my replies that I was offended? I’m not offended. I’m simply saying that your definition of what design is, is wrong. Design is about solving problems. It is technical. It’s not simply about “how something looks” as you stated. Honestly, I think you’re misinterpreting what I’m saying as negativity.
But we’re railroading OP’s question.
Forums are about healthy discussion and this is relevant as @Dev_N (and yourself) mentioned design.
[..] But if you’re here to argue semantics, then hit me up on email because that’s not fair to this poster.
You have this mindset that the way I wrote my initial reply was with attitude or arrogance when it wasn’t. I don’t think I can change your mind but it’s important you read that.
Hey guys thanks for the replies. Based on the discussion it does seem
perception of design is based on one’s individual experience.
@theacefes, I feel I would lean more towards movement and timing of elements
so I suppose going the path of front end development makes sense. After all it is
a process of discovery so I will see.
Once I do have some work I will certainly share it here to get critique. Once again thank you all for your viewpoints.
This is a good article on the subject.
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