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I graduated college with a degree in Graphic Design more than seven months ago, thinking I knew mostly everything that had to do with the industry. Boy, was I wrong. Starting off at a place like Brockton Creative Group was a real wake-up call for a wannabe know-it-all like myself. For the past four years, my life has been all about Creative Suite. However, being the curious person that I am, I just had to know what this coding thing was about. The most coding experience I had was designing out my Xanga page back in 2005 (which required no coding knowledge). Luckily, BCG supports my eager personality and welcomes me with open arms as I expand my horizon into learning the ins and outs of being a developer.

I remember back to when I designed my first website for BCG and handed the design files over to our developer, Jackson. I was so jealous he got to be the one to make it all come alive. From that point on, I was determined to learn coding. Towards the end of the summer, I was cleaning out my personal Gmail and sitting toward the top was a Groupon for know-it-alls with a deal I couldn’t pass up to Code School.

I started off going to “school” on the weekends, and I fell in love with this whole new world. In the beginning, I used the hint button like nobody’s business. I swore I was doing everything correct, but of course I would forget to close a tag here and there every once in a while. The best part of code school? code-school-cssHaving to sit through the cheeeesiest videos every time I started a new lesson. Just take a look for yourself, I promise it won’t disappoint. With a lot of patience and time, I was already learning what was new in CSS3 and HTML5.

Recently, I’ve been thrown into a couple of small projects, and I love the colorful world of Sublime Text. I have never experienced such an adrenaline rush as I do when I edit something all by myself and see it live in a matter of seconds (props to Beanstalk & Kyle). I do have to admit, I have never been happier than I am right now to have Google in my life. It is always there for me in my time of need and prevents me from banging my head against my desk. I’ve also learned how much of a pain my designs have been to replicate. I now have a lot of respect for our front end developers Andrew, Jackson and Kirby.

In 2014, I will hopefully be more than ready to dive into creating a website from scratch. Don’t get me wrong, I will always feel most comfortable in Creative Suite, but there are so many benefits in expanding my comfort zone from knowing what I’m doing all the time to not knowing if something will break. It has definitely been a challenge, but this learning experience has taught me a lot about being a web designer that I would have never known had I never taken up coding.

I should warn my fellow designers that once you start coding, you will never want to go back. Trust me, it’s more fun than you think!

In the meantime, I can not wait to show my Sass off to the world one day. They don’t call me Sassy Nancy around these parts for nothing! Stay tuned as I Code School/Google my way into the developing world.

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