I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. When the other kids excitedly were describing how they would become Veterinarians, Hair Dressers or Burt Reynolds driving a bad-ass 24 wheeler cross country, I just looked on, befuddled. Decades later, I've still not decided, but I'm getting closer.
I've been a professional web designer for 12 years, since the days we were called web masters. Back then your skills had to be broad, you had to know all the stuff, from server configuration through code and markup down to image optimisation (
4 colour gif, selective, dither:pattern always works best). As time went on, people got more specialised. New job titles and roles sprung up as the industry matured, and the generalist became a rarer breed.
Although I started out as a designer and not a programmer, the last half-dozen years has seen me drifting ever closer toward the other end of the Nerd-Designer Continuum. Writing this, I've made the realisation that I'm happy here, being more of a developer than a designer, I'm content spending more time in Terminal than in Photoshop, and spending more time writing code than writing markup.
When Simon offered me a position in Rumble Labs, I knew it would be a good fit. Someone wise once said something about always working with people who are smarter than you. If you can add nerdier to that, it's a bonus.
Starting today, I'll be spending half my time wearing the Rumble lab coat, and the other half in the Art College in Belfast, working on the Standardistas plan for world domination.
Now I know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a nerd who writes code. My new job title is Developer. Nice.