So I’ve been doing front-end work professionally for a couple years now, and I love doing it. But recently I’ve noticed that I’m only really familiar with one part of the whole making-a-website gig, so I thought that maybe working on a design project would really help me understand everything more holistically. Also, design looks fun! I have very little design experience, so the thought of doing professionally sounded terrifying—what if I make something that looks like it’s from the 90s!? I knew that I would be working with other designers though so that took the edge off a lot. It’s not about you One of the things that I did know before jumping into all of this is that

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Tips on crushing 2017

Yeah, I agree. That title is a bit clickbait-y. Maybe I should've called it "Tips on being better than you were last year but it's going to take a lot of work so prepare yourself"? Oy, c'est la vie. So! I've had a bunch of things I've had in mind for individual blog posts, all brewing (or rotting?) in my Trello board, but I thought it would be perfect if I could compile all these small tips into one article! Are you ready? I hope you enjoy it! It's A-OK to be afraid of looking dumb When you're surrounded by people who Know What They're Doing™, the last thing that you'd want to do is to look dumb in front of them. This is exactly why

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Teaching was probably one of the hardest things for me to do because I just don't consider myself an expert at anything! There's not only a lot of stuff out there, but the stuff out there is also constantly changing. I was afraid that people were going to think I was dumb for posting something that everybody already knew, posting something that a lot of people have already written about. What makes me so special anyway? Also, this is going to be on the Internet for everyone to see! But you know what? Fuck that. I got soooo much more out of sharing my experiences online, and here's why I think you should be doing it too! Teaching strengthens your knowledge Teaching something really helps you

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Sometimes, less is more

"More" often feels good. In fact, "more" is something that we strive for all the time. We want to have more money, friends, confidence, strength, knowledge, RAM, cats, pasta—you name it! We want more of it. All of it. I mean, how else will you be successful and happy, right? But in the world of frontend, sometimes striving to know as much as you can might not be the best route. Especially for your sanity. For example, I was just talking to Alex Lash and Rachel Smith about keeping up with the industry (specifically CSS Grid and React), and it's tough if not impossible to do! There's just a lot of stuff out there. Like, a lot. So what can we do? Just in time

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How do you get to there?

How do I get into tech? How do I get started with design? How do I start programming? I read this book but I can't think of what to do next. I hear a lot of people worrying about how to learn things The Right Way™. This is normal and a totally correct way of approaching a certain subject. You want to get things right and you get there quickly! No one wants to spend hours and hours on something that doesn't even matter. You want to level up! You want to get to the end right now! Get this shit over with. So you go buy books and sign up for courses to make sure that you learn everything the way it's supposed to be

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