Diary of a web-thing: what should I do when I grow up?

I share with you an article I recently wrote on my Italianwebdesign.it blog. This is the translation shared on linkedin. Hope you enjoy it, what do you think about it?

Good ideas come in the very strange ways and times. Just a sprung sometimes, and everything comes easily on your mind, when you were just groping in the dark since months and months. And in the dark, some days ago, the light came and told me: I’m a UI web designer and a blogger. That’s the point. But let’s see how I made up my mind.

Good ideas come in the very strange ways and times. Just a sprung sometimes, and everything comes easily on your mind, when you were just groping in the dark since months and months. And in the dark, some days ago, the light came and told me: I’m a UI web designer and a blogger. That’s the point. But let’s see how I made up my mind.

What were 2003 webdesign skills required?

It seems yesterday when I finished my web design studying course in far 2003, a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then. Our profession is one that require a lot of update, and sometimes it took us to other secondary but complementary studies, that let our knowledge grow.

As I explained in my ebook “Come diventare web-coso“ (sorry, English only for now), to become a web designer you need to enhance different fields. From information architecture to look and feel, code, Seo and so on. And only studying them you will find with times that only a few of them are your beloved, bringing you to go deep in it and become an expert.

What happened to web-thing Laura?

In the last few years I hadn’t enough time to stop and think, but for necessity I had to continue working taking what were coming. In the beginning that meant to make low cost websites, a mistake in which I suggest you not to fall, until creating entire website all by myself. To risk and try it was a big challenge, nad I grew up, facing projects with brave professionality, learning a lot of new thing, making mistakes and improving myself, in the customers respect of deadline and objective.

But, there’s a big mountain: I realize that developing is not for me. Surely I have a germ from my C++ studies, and the satisfaction tu make a script run is satisfying, but it’s all very far from a very deep frontend developing as it’s required nowadays. Dozen of frameworks, Susy, developing from “A” to “Z” without plugin help, WordPress or not (CMS I do love and go on using), is a very deep world that I can’t (and don’t want) to go deep in now.

I prefer to design 8 Psd files different one from another instead of develop code and don’t know where to turn to get them precisely as I’d like to.

Same thing for pure UX, that in Italy find place only for big reality and projects. It’s a very deep matter that requires years of study, thing I can do during the years. Surely you don’t become UX designer from today to tomorrow.

The web-thing future

So what to do? In a personal analisys, I realize that most I miss of my profession is also the part I love the most. It’s designing interface of the website. This is the phase Italian customers disregards, above all customers I helped during the last few years. They wanted more a WordPress website with a template base ready to go.

I already have that knowledge and want to improve and design more and more, so from now, stop to customizing WordPress template, and let’s design them!

With a little bit of UX I will become a better UIX designer!

http://www.laurynwebdesign.co.uk/who-is-lauryn/

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