AMA: Sarah Parmenter

over 4 years ago from Sarah Parmenter, Founder, You Know Who

  • Ben Lockett, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Hey Sarah,

    First off a big thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

    To support my question i thought it may be helpful to give you a little bit of my background.

    I am currently a Technical Manager/Teacher for a completely different industry. I fell in love with UI/UX design a few years back and in the past 18 months I have been constantly trying to improve my knowledge and skill. I am confident in HMTL CSS JS PHP MYSQL and more recently Apple's Swift. When I look a the Web/App design industry's now i find it is full of extremely talented and experienced people like yourself which is very daunting. My current job is well paid and has great benefits but is missing that creative involvement.

    My question is.... In your opinion is it too late to start out in the web/app design industry at 30? If you were starting out now what would you do differently in todays industry?

    Many thanks for your time Ben

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    • Sarah ParmenterSarah Parmenter, over 4 years ago

      It's never too late. Never. Well done for getting all those languages under your belt whilst holding down a job in a totally different industry.

      You'll find this industry has pockets of people who have been around and been vocal, for a very long time. Those people tend to be vocal about helping other people and giving back to the industry. I count myself as one of those people. It's less about talent, and more about visibility and history.

      At a certain level, everyone has the same skills, it's just some people may be better at teaching those skills (I consider myself in that boat) than others. Dribbble currently looks like a cookie cutter of design. To my mind, you can no longer tell one designer from another like you used to be able to.

      Back in the day, you could look at a piece of work and instantly know whether it belonged to Tim Van Damme or Elliot Jay Stocks; the web was full of much more personality in its design, than it seems to now. Now, we're much more utilitarian about the way we approach design, so the doors are wide open to anyone.

      I know it can seem daunting, but just put yourself out there. Blog your experiences, ask questions to the right people, encourage newbies. In my experience, there's nothing the web industry likes more than helping people who are genuinely interested in the betterment of this profession, and you Ben, sound like one of such individuals.

      Bravo Sir, bravo.

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