I’m fortunate enough to be attending Smashing a Conference NYC. I opted to attend this instead of NAGW this year, and as I love my fellow government web folks, it was the best decision I could’ve made.

As essentially a team of one (Carol as manager , me as everything else), I design, develop, even do video and edit audio. I’m a jack of all trades and definitely a master of none. But my fellow attendees are UX designers, web developers, communications people, type designers, and any other title you can think of. I’m getting a completely different perspective on what it means to be a web designer – it is a huge task. So much can go into it, so much care and expertise.

This is something I’m not afforded the luxury of on a daily basis. I learn what I can and apply it to get the job done. But there are so many possibilities out there, and I’m starting to see what I’m most interested in – UX, interactions and design. (Not as much the code, though I want to know that to.)

Thank you Smashing! I’ve learned so much, and still have two days to go.

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