As both a graphic designer and a coder, I find the intersection of the two to be fascinating. However, in my own life, in an effort to master both, I have adopted a tendency to approach them separately. When I am coding, I am so focused on finishing the code that I often let the design fall to the wayside. And when I am designing, I am focused on making it look just right that I don’t think about the code behind it.
That is why I find the work of Jennifer Dewalt to be so inspiring. She is an artist that felt inhibited by the world of coding and the formal teaching of it. So, she decided to teach herself by coding 180 websites in 180 days.
She created everything from snake to a quiz to figure out if you are a hipster to a visually appealing “technicolor boxes” website. The designs start out primitive, but they only get more impressive until they reach the point “how we’re feeling” which synthesizes data from twitter and makes a visualization of it in colored circles.
Everyone should check out her list of 180 websites because they are very impressive and inspiring. Just be careful, because you may get sucked in and spend an hour exploring rather than doing your homework like I did!