educationWhen we first began our education in web design, it was not really design. We first started learning how the web works and how to instruct the browser to show what we created as a mock-up. For us, the text editor came before Photoshop. For a lot of other web professionals, it was the opposite. The languages we started with were HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript. These became the gateways to what the web could accomplish and eventually programming. By saying that, some of our IT friends might get upset but it is because of them that we started trying to cure our curiosity of how the web works. Although the languages we learned at first gave us what we needed, that need grew.

I outgrew you. HTML, it’s not you, it’s me. Actually it’s the PHP, MySQL, JQuery, and .NET languages that made me look for greener pastures. HTML was now in the friend zone while these new pursuits kept us intrigued and feeling not so faithful. We still saw HTML and used it for our sites in conjunction with the others but while it would always be there for us, it became less popular among our friends (clients in this case). People wanted the server side touch and built-in libraries that HTML couldn’t provide by itself. We now needed to know how to calculate to make elements appear. We needed validation that HTML couldn’t give us. We needed that security in a database somewhere that now kept our files in tables instead of folders. Then along came WordPress.

 

affairThe thief in the night. WordPress was our everything. A way to incorporate the languages we learned as well as explore new ways of accomplishing the goals we needed. A clean interface for clients? A way to edit anywhere with internet access? We didn’t stand a chance. Along with Joomla and Drupal, we saw dashboards more than queries. We saw ways to change the design of the site without worrying about the functionality. But of course, we wanted more.

 

 

 

 

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How does it tick? With CMS (content management systems), we could create the sites that could be edited cosmetically in the dashboard or in the backend. But of course, we wanted more. We wanted to forget our graphic interfaces and seelines of beautiful code do a vertical dance in our terminal window. But aren’t we going backwards?

 

 

 

 

codeWhat do you get when you mix a snake with a gem? Our answer? An introduction to Python and Ruby! We were really introduced to Ruby through LESS and SASS which intrigued us. Ruby on Rails felt like natural progression. To satisfy our need to program, we learned the ways of Python 2 and Python 3 which led to Django for our web development needs. Databases were easier and more options were at our disposal. Our first real passion (HTML) was there as well for layouts and all that it could offer. Development time was longer but more robust. Our art felt like science and we were hooked.

 

 

 

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Where do we go from here? Even now, we can feel the growing need to learn more. What started as mock-up language became a journey into the wonders of C based programming code. With the web ever changing in the way it integrates with operating systems and hardware, we have been led to change with it. Our affair continues but with the same foundation that made us love what we do as designers and developers.

 

 

 

 

To summarize, this post was really a small look at the journey we went through as an agency to get to new offerings and projects. It was written to encourage other developers and designers to expand their knowledge. Feel free to connect with us through social media or to share this post with others that might feel the same.