Who Am I

Number one, I consider myself a designer. I am a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a BA in Communication (Graphic) Design. My then-girlfriend (now wife) and I moved to San Francisco following graduation. She's a developer, and I wanted to practice interaction design. After living in SF for a few years, I took a position with the US Government as an interaction designer in the DC area. Now we're back in San Francisco — we never stopped missing the est Coast. I'm not a developer, just someone who began learning HTML, CSS, and later Javascript out of necessity.

Why Am I Writing

I call myself a designer who can code. As such, I want to explore how code and design interact and how design can be influenced by or enhanced by code.

Share My Knowledge

I do not consider myself a developer or software engineer. Everything I know is self-taught or sort of gained through lots of reading, YouTube videos, and conversations with my much more capable wife. I don't claim to be an expert, but I know a little bit. I've managed to collect a moderate amount of expertise in front-end dev. One of the best ways to test your grasp of a subject is to teach it.

Gain Expertise

I'll discuss my broader plans later, but ultimately, I plan to write about the subjects I know about and explore what I do not. I genuinely love design and coding. Because of my lack of formal development training, I know there are places that I would like to fill out. Writing more often will also — hopefully — make me a better writer. It's something I'd like to improve upon and doing so as often as possible will let me tax that muscle. I also don't claim to know everything. I hope my posts eventually build an active community that we can all learn from.

Connect With Like-Minded People

If you're similar to me, you've been told that possessing the capacity for both design and development makes you a unicorn. I think that's ridiculous. There are lots of us. People that have the same itches for logic and creativity. I've had colleagues with the same skillset. I've met many people at conferences that have the same overlap of interests. There are people like Nadieh Bremer, Meng To, and Jen Simmons; to name a few. Let's connect. Let me know you're out there.

Plans

I plan to concentrate on the topics of interaction design and front-end development. I think staying focused will make this blog a beneficial resource for readers and places bumpers to keep me focused.

Code and Design

The posts will have examples that are less tutorials and more case studies and walkthroughs. I plan to cover best practices and my own thoughts about where design meets code professionally. Additionally, I look forward to having my posts critiqued. Receiving feedback is essential to me, and the internet is excellent at providing feedback; like it or not.

UX / UI / Interaction Design

I am an interaction designer by trade, so I'll be covering user-interaction, user-experience, and interaction design topics as well. I hope to write about the practice of human-computer interaction (HCI), trends, and design patterns. Maybe I'll even write about job hunting as a UX designer.

Experimentation

Further, this blog will be about playing and experimenting, and I plan to cover any experimentation that I may do. From drawing with CSS, programmatic design, AI-assisted design, or whatever gets my attention. If it is something that I know nothing about, but I find it interesting, I'll investigate and report back.

Conclusion

Thanks for completing this inaugural post. I hope it was worth reading. If it wasn't let me know why. I'd also like to know just how you ended up here to read this post.

Side note: This blog occupies space with my interaction design / ux design portfolio, so make sure to check that out before you go.