My name is Daniel. I have a wife, four kids and a new job in front-end web design. Prior to working in the web I held a variety of positions (marketing, food service, retail, etc.). I had settled into working in non-profits growing outreach programs and although the work was rewarding, I didn’t feel like I fully fit there. A web designer friend of mine encouraged me to take a look at becoming a web designer myself. The more I looked into it the more it clicked with me. I found the design aspect of the web really intriguing, but the coding part to be particularly challenging.
After stumbling through several web projects on my own it became clear to me that if I was going to learn faster I needed some major help. So, in January of 2014 I left my family in Texas to complete a 12 week course at The Iron Yard Academy. It was one of the most difficult things I have tackled, but I’m so grateful I did. I learned to appreciate the beauty of good code (learning to write beautiful code is an ongoing journey). Upon returning to Texas I found a junior developer position for an awesome place in Dallas. I no longer wonder about if I’m in the right field, I’m just striving to get better at what I do.
This blog is where I chronicle what I’m learning about concerning design and code, especially its relationship on human behavior (‘why the heck would someone want to click that?’). I believe there is a lot of broken stuff in this world (beliefs, business models, working relationships, even whole economies) that can be improved through some hard thinking. I love the potential that the web has for being a catalyst for behavior change. Good design helps make that change happen.
I also like to share my ongoing struggle of balancing a family of four kids amidst my own attempt to make the world a better place.
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