A few years ago, I remember seeing the term “deviner” or some other novel combination of the words “developer” and “designer.” More recently, the term is “unicorn.” It’s a mythical person who can “do it all” – UX, design and development (or maybe a combination of two). I’ve also heard it called a “purple squirrel.” I like that one better.
Call me naive, but until I first heard the discussion around it, I assumed it was a common skill, because I’d been doing it my whole career! That’s just something that I was supposed to do, because like most e-learning “developers,” there was no one else to do it! I was the only developer on the project and it’d just be *insane* for an e-learning team to have a dedicated graphics guy when clip art worked just fine. (But I must give lots of credit to the two great teammates: Glenn and Ben – there were great illustrators who helped me out a lot when I needed it.)
As I embark on my new career in the front-end design/development world, I hope my history comes off as a strong point. I feel like I’m starting at the bottom in a lot of ways, but I’ve done a lot and have a solid ability to learn quickly.
From a personal advertising perspective, what I really lack is a good set of case studies for the projects that I’ve worked on. Being in the corporate world, I don’t have a good set of screen shots to show off on Dribbble or an amount of source code on GitHub to share. The personal projects that I worked on for years were focused on new features or experimentation for work projects – I’d considered them property of my employer so I didn’t put them out into the community.
I’m changing my mind on that last bit. I’ve uploaded a few old AS3 libraries and I have plans to upload a few more. I’m glad to finally share these with the community and look forward to digging up more to share.