Welcome! What’s New?

Thanks for stopping by and reading this post, it’s great to have you! I’m super excited to have a new website up where I can share my experiences, and knowledge with the world.

I’ve been working as a web developer since I graduated from Gulf Coast State College in 2012. In my career as a developer, I’ve worked with start-ups, agencies, small business owners, marketing departments, big corporations, actors, authors, and photographers to solve problems on web/mobile devices.

Over the last decade, I have learned so much about building an online presence, and creating web applications. Now, I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences with others in an effort to hopefully help them solve problems, and make a difference in their lives. I don’t regret the mistakes I’ve made, and you shouldn’t be afraid to fail either. However, I can teach you through my failures, and victories, which may prove to be very useful for you! That’s what I’m hoping at least! ­čÖé

On my website, you can expect to find technical essays and tutorials about web development technology, and the business of writing code. Additionally, I plan to include topics ranging from, but not limited to: branding strategy, search engine optimization, how to find clients, how to teach yourself, marketing and design. You may be thinking, “Marketing and Design? I thought you were a programmer, Anthony?” Well, that’s true. I am a programmer. However, as a solo entrepreneur, I’ve been solely responsible for my sales, marketing, SEO, social media, accounting, business strategy, the list goes on and on… I’ve really enjoyed learning about all of these different topics, and they are essential to learn if you are wanting to make it as a professional web developer. Especially if you want to work for yourself, if you can’t market yourself well enough you will likely go crawling back to regular employment.

If you’d like to learn more about my roots, then keep reading!

My Roots

Before I really mastered the art of writing code I was toying with programs like Macromedia Flash and Adobe Photoshop for about 6-7 years doing graphic design and animation. I’ve always been the creative type with an an eye for design, but later in life programming became much more appealing to me.

That was back then though, and I was much different back then of course, as I was much younger. In the last decade, I have grown so much and learned what it takes to be a good developer, and not only that, a good business partner, employee, employer, friend, human being, etc.

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but I have come to understand myself that in order to be a good developer you need to have good┬ádecent design skills, at least the fundamentals, because presentation is everything. Wouldn’t it be a shame to spend a lot of time building something great, only for it to never truly take off because it’s design wasn’t easy on the eyes?

Where I’m <Heading/> Now

Now, I’m rising from the ashes of my former self like a phoenix, and eager to reinvent myself as a designer/developer instead of a code monkey. Lately, I’ve been bursting at the seams with inspiration, and obsessively learning about graphic design history and legendary graphic designers like┬áMassimo Vignelli, Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Michael Bierut and design theory / techniques. Advancing my design skills has no doubt helped increase my value as a developer, and I am already noticing a difference in the products I create. They are much more elegant, and thought out. Without design skills, your toolbox is severely limited. The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there for anyone interested in learning.

Check out my Behance profile here: https://www.behance.net/coffeyjant7f09

I thought I wasn’t much of a designer, but when I was much younger I always loved making digital art in Photoshop and sharing it on sites like Deviantart. I can’t remember exactly why I stopped, but it may have been because I wasn’t happy with my progress as a digital artist, I would constantly compare myself to other more skilled artists and comparison will rob you of your joy – DON’T DO THAT! Just create and learn; rinse, repeat. Anyone can be a designer, or at least be a little better at design – it just takes time – be patient with yourself as you learn!

Graphic problems are still harder for me to solve than web development problems, but lately I’ve become so fascinated with design and inspired to CREATE! This is largely in part due to The Futur, a hip and extremely valuable YouTube channel ran by Chris Do that I would highly recommend if you sell creative services like graphic design or web development.

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