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Design and Coding | The Story of My First Website

Design and Coding | The Story of My First Website

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If this blog post is not too old, you can still see the first version of my website. For this, it will be enough to go to eneskutlay.dev The story begins... Like every junior developer, right after I start learning something, I also need a tool to understand better what I've learned. I should do a project. While thinking about what to do, I remembered that I don't have a personal website, which is the perfect opportunity to test my new skills. I immediately turned on my computer and started coding my website, but I ran into a problem. There was no sample design template I could follow, and I was terrible at designing things. Despite spending hours choosing fonts, colours, and sizes, I could never be creative. My inadequacy and incompetence in design were bothering me. When I said academic articles and portfolios of excellent artists, I realised that I was starting to move away from my work. I was supposed to be a good programmer, but my lack of design was so frustrating that I didn't have the energy to write code. While I was so worried about innovation and creativity, I came across an excellent book one day. Play Like an Artist: 10 Things No One Has Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon. This book discussed how designers create almost nothing from scratch and that design and creativity are directly related to inspiration. That's how I understood it, even if it wasn't precisely mentioned.

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At the same time, I realised that I started to raise my creativity problem within myself thanks to this book. I began to think that I could create my design by examining the previous examples and establishing an emotional connection with these examples. Even though my website was simple, it should have included images that describe me. At this point, an idea came to my mind - command line (terminal). Yes, the biggest reason I changed my primary OS to Linux was the terminal. It was an absolute pleasure for me to do almost all my work efficiently and quickly from one place, and I had seen several websites with terminal designs before.

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Here is my first personal website... It is not exactly as it looks in the photo. All these texts are poured onto the screen in the form of animation. In other words, it's like someone is typing these words from the keyboard. When I completed my website, I watched the spirit continue from beginning to end about ten times. Because for the first time, I put forward a design that defined myself, and for the first time, I was able to translate something in my mind into code. It was a big step for me.

At the end of all these stages, I realised that I had to examine many examples and internalise what I saw to understand the design and software better. While talent is a beautiful gift from God, study and research almost always catch up with talent. But I'm not a designer, and I don't want to be a designer either. I want to be a good developer, so I'm trying to educate myself about it. To achieve a good result, I also spend time in other areas where I have failed, such as design, because I want to learn something better.

 
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