So, I apologize that I can only explain myself through anecdote.
I was on Udemy a while ago, and I thought it would be nice to take a more general course in design. Courses in graphic design seemed nice, but I wanted something that would focus specifically on the tools I would be using, namely css/html. (I.e. not teaching me photoshop). So, there was a whole section on web design. Great, I thought.
What I found there, however, was not what I expected. It just seemed like a bunch of dudes trying to hype me up about making fat cash. Instead of talking about various styles or design principles, contrast, balance, etc., it was all about ensuring “conversion” and like… money, basically. In short, the focus was not “make it this way, because it is beautiful” but, “make it this way, because then people will click on the ads, and the company will earn revenue.”
And, don’t get me wrong, I know this is a business, and I am doing this to get a job, but it just really rubs me the wrong way. Weeks later, I am still cringing.
I am a creative person. I value originality. I want to do creative work. (I went to school originally to learn poetry, ffs) I know I can use bootstrap to make a site quickly, but I don’t want my site to look like every other site. I have heard a lot of talk about how this is a creative field, and sometimes I can feel that, but other times not. It seems sometimes like all there is to it is to follow the latest trend, whatever it is, and that passes for good design… but maybe that is a whole different subject.
Anyway, I am wondering what other people have felt about this. Does it seem like there is room for creativity in web development, legitimately, or is that just hype? If you are a creative person, how do you reconcile that with the more practical aspects of the work? I’m not entirely sure the question I want to ask, so, whatever thoughts people have are welcomed.