Learning to do web design is like trying to climb a mountain that is always getting bigger.
When you look up you feel like you will never reach the top. That’s especially true if you are at the bottom of the mountain. Like me.
The nuts and bolts that go into creating and maintaining a web site are always improving and adapting. There are so many different programming languages, so many different viewing devices, so many different developer platforms…. yada, yada, yada. Fifteen years ago websites were a lot simpler. Cro-Magnon man kind of simpler. Now things like mobile devices have opened up entire fields of careers. And in 10 years from now the field will have evolved even further with another layer of complex subtleties (and some not so subtle) so that the landscape may look drastically different. Technology keeps on developing, making that mountain higher and higher.
This evolutionary growth has also increased the sophistication of web design as a philosophy. The first websites that came up on the internet would have been comparable to watching Disney’s first animation with Steamboat Willie (aka Mickey Mouse). It is shocking how far things have come. Textures, scale, hierarchy – the internet is blossoming with design goodness. New strides in coding capability has opened doors to designing options that weren’t even possible before (or at least not possible without a crazy amount of creative hacking). The principles of design have become more robust… more thoughtful… just plain more. The mountain is a growin’ and it’s a growin’ fast.
I was thinking of that growing mountain and getting overwhelmed by the prospective hike when I heard Chris Martin’s voice remind me of some sage wisdom (God bless Coldplay): Nobody said it was easy.
True dat Chris. True dat.
I was reminded that I didn’t start this whole journey because I wanted something easy. I started pursuing design because I felt called to it. I believe that I can be a part of bettering the world in a more profound way way than I could in any other career.
There is also an upside to an evolving field. The lower, more introductory levels have been figured out and the way has been paved. Guard rails have been installed. Short cuts have been figured out to speed up the journey. Resources exist like Treehouse, where you can learn design faster than watching YouTube or attending a college course. Want to know how to make a website that is responsive? How about a whole list of responsive resources? Truly there is a treasure trove of aids available to the web design mountain hiker at the touch of the keyboard. You just have to know what to type.
So, the hike is going to be long and uphill all. the. way. And I’m feelin’ the burn. And the burn is good.