People like her are slowly convincing me that being just a front end developer is not enough nowadays. Even though I don't have a strong design sensibilities, I should start learning about how to design good UI/UX.
So I was going to ask about this because it seems as though "front-end" just means HTML/CSS to some?
IE - upon brief look at this awesome portfolio I didn't see too many mentions of JS, PHP, Rails, etc.
Hey! I'm Marina, the creator of the site :) That's a good point! I'm actually learning React and I know the basics of JS. I also know Middleman, which is a static site generator based on Ruby. But I don't know Ruby on Rails for example... Do you think PHP & Rails is part of a front-end developer skills?
I think having some kind of experience with server-side languages is important. I don't think you need to be a master of them, but knowing enough that you can consume the data the server-side app is spitting out and handle basic template logic is important.
Nice site btw!
Yo! I originally asked the question out of curiosity which was spurred from your website.
By no means was it questioning your skills or anything like that. So long as you're learning and improving all is good!
In terms of context on the question - I am a front-end dev (not a designer and will never be one) and I always see purely designers calling themselves front-end devs because they know HTML so when I saw this the thought of: What constitutes a front-end dev came to mind.
Keep kicking ass.
I think in this day and age if you're going to call yourself a front end developer, you need to be fluent in HTML/CSS and writing JS (ie. Not just throwing plugins at a problem) at a minimum.
Hey! To clarify the issue: I didn't throw any plugin at a problem, I just used open JS libraries as jVectormap or TheatreJS (which I even modified on my own). It's true that I can improve my JS skills and I will do it. :)
On the other hand, I already consider myself quite fluent in HTML and CSS pre-processors as SCSS or SASS. You can check all the code here: https://github.com/marinaaisa/marinaaisa-website-2017
Thank you for the advice, James!
Hey Arthus, no it is fine. You have to see the other side. Product Designer these days need the input from front-end development to build better designs and/or help their development team to adapt better. Overall it is better for both sides to know what and how the other side is thinking/working. If your strength is to write code and being an awesome developer without that much sensibility for design, but you can adapt our designs pretty good, you are on the right track. There are always people with more knowledge but probably they won't be better in doing as you are in your main field :)
For example: - Product Designer has to build prototypes - The most famous prototyping tools have their own code like Framer - Framer, for example, is pretty nifty to build very realistic prototypes to validate - Designer have to learn the new coding from Framer to stay ahead of each other and to stay competitive - "Just designing" isn't enough anymore for INSERTNAMEHERE-Designer.
So, if you want to lower your own fears about that topic -> Read some basic books, watch design vlogs or just ask your designers for advice to get more knowledge to adapt better and work faster as developer :)
I could go on for days about that topic. Just be awesome and put in time to be successful.
I personally don't think the titles are as interchangeable and am pretty certain it's to make for more marketable designers. It's something designers have been ramping up on rapidly lately. By the year more titles seem to be added.
I wouldn't worry too much, unless you intend on freelancing, the people who want you for front end development likely want a bit more than a product designer.
Would be nice to have some navigation and case studies where you explain your design process and how you solved problems with UI / UX and code.
Think I saw you at the Dribbble Meetup. Keep up the good work.
Hey Lucian! I'm actually working in a second version where I will explain each project instead of just linking to the product. :D
Yes, I was in the Dribbble Meetup in Barcelona! See you in the next design event!
Love this! Particularly the map.
But why are the countries clickable? Should something happen when I click?
DONT ASK QUESTIONS IT'S PRETTY! But yes, I found myself clicking on them as well. Would be cool if you had blog posts about their respective trips or something to link to when a country is clicked.
Good job, looks very nice. Here's a fellow graduate from Metropolia. ;)
Hahaha, nice! I miss Helsinki so much! I'm actually coming very soon, on the August 13th!
looks great.) i'm considering some ideas for my own portfolio/CV and yours is a great example in which direction to move..)
Lovely portfolio but noticed this https://www.dropbox.com/s/3etyhpuylmrw5s2/Screenshot%202017-08-01%2010.06.35.png?dl=0
It's actually right. :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana
Thats cool! Had no idea.
I'm going to defer from the other posters a bit. I liked it overall. I found the hand distracting and not matching the rest of the flow. I also feel like you aren't sharing your work. Case studies would help, seeing progressive work, seeing wire frames, user personas, derivatives of the wires help managers hire (assuming that's the goal) much easier. Your portfolio looks very much like visual designers might look. Further languages that you develop in, frameworks used, the repeating images of you are great as they show you're involved and a good teammate, but sharing your skills would help people understand where you're at and what you want to do.
Please take this as constructive not meant to offend in any way.
With you here. I see a bit of confusion.
It looks like a visual designers portfolio but everything else wants me to believe this is more front end development/ UX designer.
It doesn't seem insulting, it'd make it more direct. I can't tell for sure what is intended here and case studies go along way if these designs weren't done as one.
I understand the feeling that I'm not sharing my work, I'm actually working in a second version where I will explain each project instead of just liking to the product.
I take it as a constructive comment for sure and I thank you a lot for it! This is what I wanted to get from posting it in this website: constructive comments to improve it in the future. :)
email link on the footer opens up my unwanted mail client. Why?
I haven't had much time to have a proper look at this at all, but just a quick thought:
I don't think the typing animation on the hero of the home page is working. It switches between, 'Hi I'm Marina Aisa, I'm a product designer' and 'Hi I'm Marina Aisa, I'm a front end developer'. I have to wait too long to see both, and probably wouldn't.
As you've worked out in the title of this post, that you do those two things could be the most important thing to communicate here, so I'd communicate it quickly and in a way that can't be missed.
Hope that helps!
Just a heads up. Your MarsMan Frontend framework just leads to a generic theme page. And I love the waving hand in the intro.