My path into development and design is a lot like everyone's discovery of their passion - anything but typical. I've always been interested in the power of design, in the way that you could imagine something and then create it. To me, that was my favorite hobby. And that's all it was. Until, of course, I realized that it could be more than that.
I started playing around with the Adobe Suite, and then got really into a few cheaper, or free, options like Inkscape, Sketch, and Affinity. I started an Etsy shop named DeanFred Rex Prints and now my hobby was starting to bring in some income. Cool! I get to do what I love, and get paid for it at the same time. What a concept!
Still, I wondered if there was a way that I could extend that power and really make a career out of it. So, when my company, a healthcare consulting firm, asked if I could redesign their website, I jumped at the opportunity and took a chance with Squarespace. I loved Squarespace and enjoyed the project, but I felt so limited.
It was then and there that I decided to teach myself web design and development, along with the help of Codecademy, Treehouse, Code School, Thinkful, and just about every paper or web resource I could get my hands on.
With a lot of hard work, I picked up some skills and started coding my way to a new future. And I'm proud to say that I am now a Front-End Developer and Designer. If you'd like to know more, or get some insight into my personal coding journey, please visit my blog.
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