AMA: Sarah Parmenter

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

  • 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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