The Good Parts

Sh*t's Getting Real

I have many a designer friend who upon mentioning coding feel a little nauseated. It's understandable. I feel a little nauseated too when I look at the cover of this book.

I've come to understand JavaScript is the dividing line. Most everyone knows a paucity of code these days. HTML and CSS are pretty simple; designers perhaps enjoy CSS because it makes stuff look good and colors are involved. However, they don't want to cross the bridge of JS.

On the same token, I don't know many developers who want to venture into exploring Sketch or make vectors. This is my argument for why there are so few unicorn developer/designers out there in the world.

Sum of What You Put In

Full disclosure, I've had a mental block about really diving into JS for the better part of the last few months. I think because JS is when shit gets real. To learn JS is to actually program.

Having self-awareness and/or getting older also means you come to grips with brutal life-lessons. One of those in particular for me has been that everything in life is the sum of what you put into it.

This will sound obnoxiously optimistic, but I really believe anyone can do just about anything they want if they commit and work hard. If not, it's just a half-hearted attempt, or maybe getting part of the way is fulfilling to some, whatever works for you. Still, of all the things I've applied myself to over the years, some of them have been really fucking awesome, especially the things I've followed through with to the end.

I have not completed thousands of drawings, I never achieved washboard abs, and I'm still trying to get through the stack of books on my nightstand. But, I am determined to get through the book above.

Anyways, now that I got a little emotive, I'm going to wrap this up with my favorite Oprah quote:

"The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want." –Oprah Winfrey