Website Designer and Developer. What a job title! It captures so many things that I love.
Firstly, I love the internet. I’m not sure there are many twenty-something’s that don’t. It’s an instantaneous source of information that is, for many people in across the globe, practically always available and accessible. Websites are the things that make up the web. Without websites, people would have nothing to look at, or search, or interact with! Therefore, I love websites.
Secondly, I love design. I have always been artistic and creative and expressive. I have always loved making things look pretty, whether that meant starting over on my clay pot 5 times to ensure it was the best in my middle school art class, or picking color schemes and fonts to best express a brand. Without good design, the web would still look like it did when it first began.*
*Side note that even the first websites were still technically ‘designed’, because design is the rendering of intent. The design for the first websites was actually pretty good, if you define good as functional and clear. To most people, however, a bunch of Times New Roman text with blue hyperlinks would not qualify as good design. Aside complete.*
Thirdly, I love development. I yearn to create! I love taking a design and actually turning it into a real, live website made up of beautiful code files that magically talk to each other and tell a browser what to display and what to do and how to interact with the viewer. I like to build, to craft, to code. I LOVE CODE. I LOVE CODE! Programming languages amaze me. They all somehow magically work together without translation, which PEOPLE languages cannot do. SO COOL! Not only are they theoretically awesome, but they MAKE THINGS REAL.
Did I just geek out all over your screen?
By being a website designer and developer, I get to create something from nothing, and do it beautifully, in a medium that is powerful and everlasting (as far as we can tell). I’d call that a win.