Being a solo maker makes you learn all sort of things. But makes it impossible to explain in 2 words what you do.
Years ago — back in the horror days of rounding corners with images — it used to be easy to describe what I do. I was a Web Designer, designing in Photoshop, slicing and then coding the html and css.
Now if someone asks about what I do, I have no idea what to say. I usually blurt out a no-good 2 phrase explanation. I don't care much about labelling, and while I identify myself as a maker, that's not enough to explain what I can do.
We have so many names and labels these days, yet I don't fit in any of them. The closest thing I got was Frontend Designer from a well written article on prototypr.io.
There's a quote in that article by Brad Frost:
That's the closest description of me I ever found. Yes, I do design (including brand design) and think like a designer, but I also nitpick about performance, logic, and reasoning behind every button and every element of my designs. Everything has to make sense and have a logical reason behind it, whether it's typical user behaviour, correcting optical illusions, or good UX.
I do my branding work in Illustrator, but for the last couple of years I've been doing my web work directly in html and css. In part because I'm a huge fan of WYSIWYG but no design software can emulate exactly css, your project will never look the same in a software as it looks rendered in a browser. And also because for a site I move much faster in scss than a graphic software.
To be continued (probably 😄)