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The Ups and Downs of Being a Self-Taught Web Designer

Not so long ago, web design was a brand-new industry. Because it was so new, there weren’t many opportunities to get a formal education on its fundamentals. Thus, the most direct path to becoming a professional was to teach yourself the necessary skills. That’s how my career started. I studied the source code of different websites and figured out how things worked. I experimented with Photoshop, CSS and eventually other, more challenging languages. Over the years, most of what I know has come from the process of trial and error.
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Accepting Your Limitations as a Web Designer

Every one of us has our own limitations. So, how do we learn to accept it? How can we still thrive as designers and developers? The truth is that there’s only so much you can know. After all, you have clients to serve and a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning. Therefore, there are going to be some skills where you’re either not proficient or simply lacking.
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Being a Workaholic Designer and How to Recover

Designers are very fortunate. Unlike a whole lot of careers out there, we quite often genuinely enjoy what we do. We get to unleash our creative spirit and can make a decent living out of it, too. From my experience, it’s an industry full of talented and passionate people. It can be a bit of a mixed blessing, though. If you’re good at your job, more people will want you to do work for them. The trouble is that you may run into times when there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it. Because you’re determined to get it all done, you start early and leave late. You work weekends and take time away from family. You might even be a bit grumpy.
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These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things

After 10+ years in the web design and development industry, I’ve found that the web is still far from perfect. There are a number of things I’d love to see change for the better. So, today I’m wearing my “Grumpy Designer” cap once again. It will put me in the proper frame of mind as I take you through some things that I’d like to see either evolve or just go away.
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Work How You Want To, Adjust When You Have To

How many times has your web browsing or social media feed led you to an article telling you not to do things the way you’re doing them? While the quest for evolution in web design is a noble one, sometimes it’s littered with well-meaning nonsense. That’s why, as a grumpy designer with over a decade in the game, I’m declaring that we work in the way that makes us most comfortable and productive.

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