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Nashville Web Designers Can Learn To Code, Too

By JJ Rosen|March 14th, 2013|Programming, Web Design|no comments

Amy Rochelle has been a Nashville web designer for the past ten years.

She is truly unique in that she knows  how to do web design and also how to program equally well.

What is even more unique is that she is one of the best at both skills.

As most of us know, there and very  few people who can design AND code.   Amy started as a designer and was formally educated in graphic design.   She worked for Ingram Industries and then when she started at Atiba, she decided to learn to program ASP.Net, Flash, and jQuery.

I was curious how she approached learning design and programming – as they are often completely opposite skills-sets and require completely different ways of thinking.

Some highlights from my interview with  Amy:

“I decided I needed the learn to code so I could be a better designer.   I used to deliver a PhotoShop file to a developer, and here and there the designs I was doing would kind of force the developer to code around the design in a way that would cause a ton of extra work.    So when I first started learning the code, it was really just a way to be more efficient in my design”

“Web design was natural for me, as I was always into creating and art.  Coding took me around 3 months of frustration climbing the learning curve.   But…when it clicked, it all came clear.    And I started loving it.   Coding, like web design, actually involves a lot of creativity.   You have to be creative to solve programming challenges.   You have to think outside of the box when troubleshooting.”

“I spend about half my time coding and half designing.   Some of the coding I do at Atiba is backend, with no design needs at all.   I like having some variety as it allows me to pick and choose how I spend my day.”

“I would recommend for web designers who want to learn programming, that they start simply reading programming books.   I read a Wrox book on ASP.Net before I even attempted to actually code.    I think this helps designers see the big picture of programming and makes the details less intimidating.”


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A Day In The Life Of A Nashville Programmer

By JJ Rosen|March 11th, 2013|Programming|no comments

We decided it may be kind of fun for our web developing and programming group to keep a journal for a day.   We figured this would be a good excersize for our crew to help us know where to fine tune how we spend our time as well as just be interesting to share with one another.   Welcome to our Nashville Programmer journal…

Some highlights below….

“Woke up, spent the morning finishing Python coding for  Sorta neat as been working day and night on this so it is cool to see it close to launch!”

“Good day today,  been deep into Agile with our crew of coders working onsite downtown.   Been good to learn more on Agile.”

“Well..a bit of a long day.  Traveled to Geneva!  iPad made plane trip easier.   Spent a bit of time reading on some tricks on optimizing SQL, and OLAP and  then watched a movie.   Coding here in Geneva this next 10 days for   Very cool!”

“I got to do some old school classic ASP today 🙁   Was not fun but someone had to do it – and client is a nice guy, felt good to help.”

“Been on a neat .Net project / C# the past 3 weeks.  Inherited the code from another coder that had bailed on this client.    Code was ok, but lots of small issues so been fixing / tweaking etc”

“Cool new Drupal ecommerce site”

“Working on a mobile app (iPhone and iPad) for   I like this project as has a coolness factor and also clients are super smart folks and fun  to work with.”

“Coding web service in Python for a bank.”

“Started working on a program that manages the Amazon Cloud (EC2).   On a team of 3 at clients offices.”

“Programming on the new Nashville Convention Center website.   Nice folks to work for. ”

“Nashville web designer  guru Matthew Rogers gave me some good tips on UI design for mobile app.”


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