How I (A Designer) finally learned Rails(

almost 7 years ago from Mackenzie Child, I’m a designer & developer. I have a passion for making things & teaching others how to do the same.

  • Mackenzie Child, almost 7 years ago

    The whole "Jack of all trades & master of none" thing is a silly way to think. There isn't any reason you can't be a great designer AND a great developer :)

    It has to do with the Growth vs Fixed mindset. Growth mindset believes they can improve with effort. Fixed mindset think they are good at what they are good at and can't get at anything else.

    Yes, it will take a ton of work, a ton of practice, and a ton of patience, but it's not impossible!! I'm proof of that. I'm not the best developer (yet), but I'm not letting that be the case for very long.

    I'd think of it as more of a "Jack of all trades, master of SOME"... Cause you'll most likely have different levels of skill in both, but you can always grow and learn more.

    Plus, when building stuff on the web, there is a ton of overlap between design and development. So employers, especially startups will look for people who can do both.

    So you won't have any problem getting a job as a "Unicorn" :)

    Check out this article on "Being a Unicorn":

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    • Jeff HorschJeff Horsch, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

      What are tests to know your level of skill? I have built a full scale site, but still unsure where my skill level stands as a designer or rails developer.

      I feel it is hard to determine your true skill level when you don't work in an office space where you can compare code against your respected peers.

      Here is the photography site I built if you are curious. I am happy with it thus far, but always uncertain of how my design or backend code would hold up in an interview.

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      • Mackenzie Child, almost 7 years ago

        Well the fact that you've built a full scale application should speak to your skill level right there! For design, I keep up with what's happening on sites like Dribbble and compare my stuff to stuff I see there... But all of that is just relative ;)

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