I am a developer, not a UI designer

Pencil and brush inside the curly brackets

For some time I tried to be a web unicorn, combination of a developer and a designer, but it’s time to end those efforts. Not because it’s too hard, I like the difficulty of it but because I am not willing to put the time and effort to become a great UI designer.

Being great at something requires a lot of time and effort and willingness to break things. When I was younger I had that time and energy, school ending before 2 PM, that was easy to break computer things. These days I struggle with time management because I try function in a neuronormative world with neuroatypical brain1. So it’s time to focus on the most important thing in my life at the moment, development.

That doesn’t mean that I am not interested in design of things. Because of my neuroatypical brain I am still an Accessibility Specialist (AS) first and Front-End Developer (FE Dev) second. As an AS I am required to learn about things from my field from design to development to content. Design and content are currently my auxiliary skills which I am not trying to become great at, good is enough. If I am in design as good as I am in writing I’ll be more than happy.

What I’ll keep doing are small art pieces and printable graphic design which can people use every day. Making physical stuff makes me feel good inside and brings me a different kind joy compared to writing a great piece of code. The physical touch makes it special.


  1. I have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, dysmusia and some traits from autism and ADHD on top of 130+ IQ. Interesting mix and I have no idea how am I able to function everyday. Sometimes it’s hard to leave the house.