In my experience, many web design job scenarios fit into this (oversimplified) five-step process:
- Designer designs the site.
- Client approves design.
- Designer, or someone else, builds site based off the approved design.
- Content is added.
- Designer’s design is transformed by content.
As the designer, you have somewhat more control over the original design – that’s obvious. What is not so obvious is how much the design will change once all the content is added, content including real words, images (of good or bad quality), advertising and social integration tools (like buttons or menu bars). With the use of content management systems like WordPress and Drupal becoming ever more popular, the ability for clients to add their own widgets, modules and plugins adds to the mystery of our work’s outcome.
This 8-bit art creator has been a slooow work in progress. I’ve had the bittersweet fortune of being busy as all hell this past year, and I haven’t touched it for several weeks. By posting about it here, though, perhaps I’ll be more motivated to redesign and add all the features on my 8-bit laundry list.
The title of the page came from a comment I read somewhere accusing 8-bit of being trendy. Which is like calling techno trendy, in my opinion. The grid is made of div squares using a PHP loop generating boxes, with CSS rules changed using jQuery and user controls. That may be completely reworked in the near future, although it may not. Who knows? Not I.
Play around with it in the meantime, though, and send me screenshots if you make something cool – like my pal Chimp’s Fonz and Starry Night, created during the early stages of this thing’s creation.
Surprise, surprise – software engineer is at number 1. And who can disagree? They all can pretty much throw a dart on a map and find a job (I’m in snark-mode right now as I work on launching a big project this stressful Sunday evening)…
Software engineer Jesse Severe says he can pretty much throw a dart on a map and find a job. The 41-year-old from San Diego says he’s contacted by headhunters at least once a month, at times has been able to work from home for half his workweek and makes a comfortable living.
All those factors and others landed software engineer in the No. 1 spot on a newly-released study of the 200 best and worst jobs by CareerCast.com, a career website owned by Adicio Inc. (Until last year, Wall Street Journal owner News Corp. held a minority stake in Adicio.)
The job was also ranked as “15th-least stressful,” but I’m sure most engineers will give that a big whatever.