I think my head’s going to explode. In this company that I am working with, I don’t really know what is my job title anymore. I’ve been doing some web design and then back end development. It might be easy to others but as a junior designer, I feel like its overloading. Especially in this generation where a lot of stuff is updating, upgrading and evolving. I don’t know how to cope up anymore.
I feel your pain lol. I love making things pretty, but when they ask me to get into coding, it gives me the headspins. Web design is one thing, but then making it functional is another. It’s overwhelming at times, but know your limits. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or to turn down projects from time to time. However, I find that you learn more by taking on the challenging ones, and once you’ve done it, it’s not so hard the next time.
Yeah, i do have that problem in the beginning but i agree with Sapphire. You really got to know your limits & that will help you advise them what could be done & what couldn’t (due to your limits).
Of course updating, upgrading & evolving is something that never stop just like learning.
Till now……………….I’m still learning.
Welcome to the world of small teams.
I used to work for a small non-profit where I was the IT. Literally. 1 person. Doing server management, Microsoft Access, MySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS; you name it, graphic design, email marketing, print design, etc, etc…
One thing you have to do is learn to say “No!”. Respectfully of course. Otherwise, you’ll have massive backlog of things if they think you’re the superman.
You need to communicate better with your boss about how different aspects of web design/development need to be treated. Companies hire people to make money, not throw cash away. So you need approach the issues from the perspective of ROI and bottom line for the company. There’s nothing they’ll listen more.
Quit. No, seriously.
You can look at this in two ways:
1. It’s an incredibly challenging environment that will help you grow as a multi-faceted Web Technologies Professional (I just coined that title, I think)
2. It’s a mind-melting, stressful, high-pressure environment that might take a toll on your health and, in the long run, kill you early.
In the case of #1, keep calm and carry on. In the case of #2, GTFO.
Wow! This is a great thread so far. Its nice to realize that I am not the only one experiencing or has experienced this. All of you guys shared great words :) and I’m very thankful for that. Actually, its not just web design and web development that has been cracking my head for some time now. Like @AlenAbdula, I also do graphic design, print, email marketing and even PDF web forms under this company. Imagine, if those are separate jobs with separate payments each, I could have earned a lot now and maybe bought myself an apartment. Thanks guys! Really you’ve been a great help.
Unfortunately, people think a ‘web designer’ is automatically a ‘web developer’, and vice-versa, unaware that these two are best separate. Sure, it makes sense that they want the designer to do frontend work, but to throw them into backend without the proper experience? It’s bad.
….my company does this, too. :/
I don’t quite agree that web developer and web designer are necessarily best separate, especially since the line is kind of… fuzzy in a lot places, however, this:
> to throw them into backend without the proper experience? It’s bad.
Where I work we have a designer who does the designs and hands them over to me or my coworker in PSD format. We then do everything in the implementation (well, generally based around a CMS, in particular WordPress). Outside of websites we are also the general IT people: Support, installation, etc.
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