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Big-Picture Design

In “2012 in Review,” Elliot Jay Stocks wrote…

These days, I find myself less interested in the day-to-day minutiae of design (make this box wider, add a border here) and instead more concerned with the bigger-picture, more conceptual idea of the role that design plays. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped getting my hands dirty with CSS and what not — far from it — but my interests have shifted.

I’ll admit, in 2012 I was very focused on the minutia of design. As I detailed in “Stuff I Learned This Year,” last year I threw myself into responsive and mobile-first web design. I learned how to do a lot of awesome stuff.

But I also find the minutia tiring if it’s all I focus on day-in and day-out. At the end of a day of coding, I find myself bleary-eyed and mentally exhausted. I love it, but I also like the broader stuff, too.

I wish there was a better title for “Person Who Makes Things for the Web.” Because web designer/developer speaks to the creation of websites, but I’m passionate about so much more than that - videos, podcasts, ebooks, and so on.

That’s what I hope to do more of this year.