I love UI. It's always been the thing I gravitate towards, my passion.
I started my programming career learning an antiquated database language (PICK), which I was able to pick up quickly, and which I enjoyed. However, I quickly realized I was more interested in presenting the data to the user rather than getting the data. At the time, my team was working on a site with a huge admin section, and even though it was not a part of our job, I found myself considering what ways we could improve our user's experience with the admin section. Long story short, I ended up working with our Business Owners & my team to completely rebuild the UI for the admin section of the site.
I was hooked. I had worked before in Front-End web code, but I found myself spending any spare time I had reading articles, perusing CodePen, etc. learning newer and better ways to code for users. Not long after completing the afore mentioned admin site, a new position at my company opened up looking specifically for a UI developer, which I was naturally interested in, and was able to land.
I became the go-to person for all things UI, a job that entailed:
- Managing the UI for our 15+ sites
- Strategizing how best to implement new UI across our massive proprietary code base
- Providing guidance to over 30 developers
- Being involved in multiple simultaneous projects across multiple programming teams
- Leading the rest of the UI team and delegating tasks as needed
- Reviewing and implementing new technologies for the IT department
- Actively Coding with several technologies (listed below)
- Writing Guidelines for our department's UI coding standards
- Thinking up creative ideas for how a user could interact with our system
- Keeping complex business rules in mind while going through designs
- Working closely with the Design team to create beautiful, functioning prototypes
What Do I want?
I want to be free to try new things. I want to work on a team with other folks who are better than me, because if I'm the best coder in the room, I'm not learning as much as I could be. I want a challenge.
Tools I :
- Sublime Text
- Compass (for SCSS)
Websites I :