My first responsive site design was working on this site right here, a little over three years ago. I definitely learned a lot doing it, and I think the fact that it was responsive helped me land a job at the time.
However, I definitely bumped my head a lot against certain things, and in the intervening three years, I learned a lot about how to approach a responsive design.
This post is more confessional than anything else. As I mentioned in my post about what I want to learn in 2014, one of the things I wanted to learn more about was SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics.
Man, am I late to this party.
I will confess that until very recently, I really didn’t know much about SVG, and had not really explored it or understood it. I knew the basic idea that it was a web-native vector format, and they were scalable, but that was about it. I also knew that IE8 and below didn’t support it, and as my day job still requires supporting IE8, I kind of ignored it as ‘not usable’ right now.
It’s the start of a new year, and lots of folks are making resolutions. I’ve never been big on new year’s resolutions myself, but I did want to think about what I want to learn in 2014.
I had a great 2013 – most notably because we welcomed our second child into the family. He’s been an absolute blast, and I wouldn’t trade a minute with him (well, maybe some of the late night wakings).
However, I don’t feel like I actually learned that many new things in 2013 when it comes to web development and design. I built several large projects for work, and even one large personal project, but I was mostly working in existing skill sets.
In the web world, and in Front End Development specifically, if you stop learning, you’re going to get run over – quickly.
So, I put together a list of things that I want to learn more about in the coming year: