It comes up at every social event: what do you do? This conversation usually begins with me letting out a sigh as my partner quietly immaterializes like a ninja disappearing into the shadows. It can be a tough question: a number of people don’t fully understand what graphic design or web developement even are, much less how websites work, which web languages they use, and how many types of designers there are. It becomes hard to know what I should even call myself..."designer” makes it sound like I work with art all day, and “developer” makes me sound like I’m engineering something technical. “I build websites” lacks clarity when I’m in a position that involves a lot of different hats, depending on the day (plus there’s always the secret hope that one day I’ll say “I’m a UX Designer” and the person I’m talking to will tell me they’re looking to hire one). Contrary to popular belief, you can master a number of those trades—given enough time and opportunities to work. Here’s some of what I do from day to day.
As a designer, there are many aspects to creating a project that influence its success: predicting an accurate budget or scope, delivering the project on schedule, building a project that meets the needs of the business (or the needs of that business’ users), as well as having a client who is excited to continue working with me in the future once the project is completed.