Over the few years that I’ve been a design professional, it’s been crazy just looking back at how far the design community has grown. So, it started making me think a lot about where my passion fully lies and what I want to do exactly. Here’s the breakdown. So prior to tablets, I’ve always wanted to be a web designer. I did both development & designs, but today things have evolved incredibly.
So, I’m trying to figure out what I fully love and the reasons why I love it. This post might just be a ramble, but it’s gonna clear up my head.
Okay, why do I love front end development?
First answer is that I love seeing my designs interact. Adding CSS animations and making something static work.
It’s practical, its useful and can prevent stress. Example, creating a JPG with text on it when you can simply use a stylesheet. It’s user friendly and easier to update system text versus a flattened image that needs to be resaved and uploaded.
I enjoy working in grids & numbers, even though I am a creative, I find structure important and if I were to deal with free-minded people all day, it would drive is semi cray.
Front-end development can be imported into several apps, so it’s versatile.
Open source, endless possibilities. Great communities, but confusing nonetheless rewarding.
Why do I love designing?
Design is fun, inspiring and comes from the heart + intuition. There is no right, there is no wrong. Design with rules or break the rules, it doesn’t matter.
Trends, trends, trends! Who doesn’t love design trends?
There is always room for improvement and nothing is ever complete.
It’s an outlet to expression. Without words, with words, semiotics and universal. Switching colors and immediately change the message, and something so subtle can change everything.
I’m stuck inbetween (or am I? I can do both) however should I focus my time on one thing and mastering it or do two things and mastering nothing at all.
Outside reasons that shouldn’t matter that do matter. Money.
Do I want to develop and make more cash or design, do what I want and feel good, but live a non-lavishing lifestyle?
I think what it comes down to now is, figuring out what I am as a person, before I can move forward in career choices. Is money that important to me? Is doing what I love more important and living from paycheck to paycheck worth it?
Of course you’ll get people telling you not to do it for the money, it’s never worth it. But, ultimately that’s my decision.