I mentioned in a previous post that I recently set up a profile on a site for local creatives. In my profile, I have several choices for what to label myself, but I can only pick one. As I mentioned in that previous post, I wrestled with whether to call myself a designer or a developer.
Design and development: similarities and differences
It’s important to consider the differences between designers and developers. Unfortunately, some people use those terms interchangeably, which can be confusing. And to be fair, you should have at least some skills in both areas if you want to make a living in this field.
But some people and some companies take that overlap too far, I think. I heard someone say recently that companies are looking for designers who can also do full-stack development. That may well be true, but it sounds to me like an invitation for a jack of all trades, and…come on, you all know the words…master of none.
That isn’t to say I don’t think there’s a place for a jack of all trades. The Swiss Army knife has its uses. But I wouldn’t make sushi with it.
Back to the profile I mentioned earlier. I initially chose to call myself a developer because I have development experience, if not so much with the web. But I realized that at least for now, it’s actually the design stuff that interests me more. A part of me is a bit bummed out by this because I don’t feel nearly as confident about my design skills as I do my development skills, but that just means I need to get better.
Good practices begin at home
I’m starting with this website. If I want to get serious about this, then I need to treat it as a going concern. This means posting content regularly. For now I’m going to shoot for three times a week, so look for new content here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!
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