Recently I was promoted. That’s not saying much in a company of 12, but it is pretty cool. My title is now Vice President of Engineering.
For all intents and purposes, my job hasn’t changed much at all. I get a fancy title now that really only affects first impressions and a client’s perception/understanding of my role at Fifty and Fifty.
It’s exciting to think about where I’ve come from and where I’m headed. I was chatting with my friend from college, Dairien. He and I were in the same web and interactive media program at the Art Institute of California, San Diego. At the time, Dairien was one of the top programmers in the program and I was one of the top designers.
Fast forward four and a half years and Dairien is now the primary designer for an app called Rise and I’m leading a development team. We reminisced about how much I hated programming and would stress every class about it.
If you’re a young designer or developer, don’t close the door on other skills. If you’re passionate about design, then by all means, pursue it. If you like design because it’s “easier” to learn, then I’d urge you to consider expanding your horizons and grow in other areas.
There has been a longstanding debate about whether or not coders should learn design or designers should learn code. My opinion, do what you’re passionate about. I was once a passionate designer that tinkered in code. I didn’t dislike it so I kept learning. I definitely miss designing full-time every once in a while but I’m perfectly content where I’m at.