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  • Started in web development -> discovering that I’m truly enjoying design a lot more

     brianwebs updated 2 years, 10 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • brianwebs

    January 16, 2020 at 5:44 am

    Originally I had the aspiration to become a front-end dev, as I have always been a visual person (however, artistic skills do suck, e.g. drawing), but now I’m realigning my goals to more of a design side – yet still front-end, if applicable. I am starting to see that development really isn’t for me and I don’t want to get in dedicate more hours to it just to get a position to realize that I would dislike it. I started studying web dev (self-taught) a little over a year ago, learning HTML, CSS, jQuery and (a little) JS and react. I do hold a BA in a non-tech degree as well.

    I know that developers definitely get paid a lot more than designers, however, I’ve started to become less worried about “will this job make me 6 figures in the future” and more “will I be happy doing this and enjoy it as a career path”. The latter is definitely 10x more true than the former, and I feel like if I stick with web dev I wont enjoy my position or life. I’m strictly talking about entry-level/junior positions here.

    Regarding actual positions I am interested in/shooting for, that is kind of the unknown factor – I don’t mind if it’s at marketing agency, tech company, design shop; graphic designer, web designer creative *something*, etc. – ideally I would like to find a position that utilizes this design skills set paired up with some HTML, CSS and JS. I am aware that there is a divide between designer and developer in a career path and typically people are either designers OR developers, not both/jack-of-all-trades. When you search job boards, many post are unrealistic in their expectations looking for someone who has ~5 years of Photoshop mastery along with ~5 years of React development.

    I’ve never been the best artist or drawer at all. I”m pretty bad at drawing but I love lettering. After these first few days/weeks, it seems to me that it doesn’t matter how good or bad of an artist you are, if you can learn many of the ins and outs of the software(s), you can succeed. Does anyone else feel this is true?

    ***TL;DR*** – Just looking for advice or insight on the trajectory/career path for (web) design, where to hone in my focus, project ideas to showcase my skills, tips for creating a design portfolio (or actually adding on to my current web dev portfolio, to still showcase that I can do minimal front-end development) etc. ? It seems like positions looking for these skills are all over the place in many different industries, but what are some typical positions or industries for (web) designers? Has anyone else had a realization like this when studying web development that they were much more interested in design?

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