Learning how to code has drastically improved Addina’s skill set, workflow, and understanding of making her designs become a reality. She can now code her own designs and better work with developers. She’s also able to offer more services, take on a wider variety of design work, and increase the amount of projects she takes on. 😍
Addina has altered her workflow so she considers the code and development part of her design. She has even started providing developers with the code and a general idea on how to build it rather than only designing and providing the prototype. 👩💻
“If I got a project offer to build a website page or an app, I can consider myself to design in how it might be helpful for the developer. This way, I can offer more services to my clients. I've been doing some website design proposals too recently and have more confidence in doing it because I can pitch to the potential clients that I can also code/build the design that I proposed for them. It’s really interesting to design a website when you know how to build it."
“Looking back, I had some work to design website pages and I feel embarrassed how I worked on it without considering how to build it. Now I have more confidence in this kind of project. Lesson learned and I believe I will be better next time!”
Addina is still focusing on her freelance work as an illustrator and designer, but she is considering changing careers to work in tech as a professional coder in the future. She got an interview for developing a web project shortly after completing SheCodes Basics.
“I got an interview for a web project and I showed them the page that I built, even though I didn't get the project, I believe that the knowledge and the experience that I have now will be able to bring me forward. Even if I don't change my career, I regret nothing, it has an added value to me as a designer and gives me more confidence to do what I'm currently doing.”
The SheCodes Responsive workshop has also given Addina many more ideas to expand her design repertoire and freelance work.
“The responsive workshop really suits me with my background as a designer. It gives me more ideas and possibilities. I can offer more services such as wireframe design, mockup, and building websites, and I can also sell website templates (with the code included) on platforms where a designer can sell their templates. I can also make my own website and illustration sources as a way to introduce my work to potential clients. There are definitely a lot of possibilities which come to mind after the responsive workshop.”
Addina has her own personal portfolio website (https://www.addinaf.com/
). She was excited by the fact that she can now have more freedom to customize her site thanks to her SheCodes knowledge.
“With SheCodes I can build my own site with a cheaper price and more freedom and possibilities.”
Addina has also recently gotten an offer to be a full-time web design consultant! The job is fully remote so she still has plenty of time to do her own illustration work on the side. She says that SheCodes is to thank for this amazing opportunity. 🤩
"Thank you SheCodes for opening up the idea and the opportunity for me! My design skills + UX/UI background + coding knowledge = web designer."
In her coding future, Addina would like to develop some other personal websites in her spare time. We can't wait to see her projects to come 🙌