“Web Designers are the Construction Workers of the Online World”

A recent friend made that comparison over lunch the other day.  He made the comparison back 20 years ago you could always find a construction worker, everyone wanted homes built.  Now, web devs seem almost to be a dime a dozen and everyone is looking to get their piece of web real estate.

That being said, I’ve taken a step back to look at my own experiences.  Having worked primarily on back end dev, (database development for lendingheart.com, database interaction on foodfightfiesta.com…) it can be difficult to properly explain or demonstate the work of a backend web developer.  I’ve been taking some steps to create documents explaining the work I’ve done, particularly to show the physical interaction between UI and data layers of content.

Particularly as someone looking to gain more experience and hopefully pick up a full time job as a designer of developer being able to not only show your work, but also explain the function of it, is crucial for my future success.

If web designers are the contruction workers of a generation past, how do you differentiate yourself from your peers?

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