Most start-ups would agree that the designer is the most valuable asset they possess. And most of these start-ups would agree that they would like to hold on to these web designers as long as possible. What that means is that web designers handle everything in the development arena from coding information in apps to making that final addition into the home page to make it load faster.
Before we start talking about various web technologies let’s look at how the internet has moved forward and how they have moved forward. We all have lived in these eras:
- In the early 1990’s and 2000’s websites were contained of web pages which were static in nature. These static webpages were created in tools such as photoshop. So what that meant was UX engineers had to create mock-ups of the web pages using tools such as Photoshop.
- Then came the era of HTML5 which basically revolutionized how content could be displayed on the website. Built in 2010, it also meant that we were introduced to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which further refined content presentation. This meant that now engineers were faced with creating web pages using the CSS technologies because websites were judged like pages in a book by the single web pages in their arsenal.
The tools of creating creative web design, the medium, the interface has created work and creative workers. They have simultaneously created dearth. Some web designers have been quoted as saying, that even as the web technologies are developing in such a fast pace, even 6 months of non coding work, will get you outdated in a matter of time.
While this is an exciting time in the era of mobile and web development, it also means that those who are far down organizational hierarchies will be pushed further down. Women in tech and junior programmers, who have far fewer incentives to upgrade their skills and invest time and resources to learn new technologies, will stay behind.
While those ninjas who adopt new technologies early on will find enough room to grow. And then we have a problem of plenty – those who have no good reason to rise up the ladder because organizational structures do nothing to reward initiative, innovation, self-education and contribution to open source technologies.