Web Designers: The Digital Jedi of the Internets

Over the past year or so, there has been a large emergence of self-created nicknames for web designers: Rockstars (see my previous post) , Ninjas, gurus, etc. My personal favorite is Jedi. Now this may be due to the fact that I am somewhat of a Star Wars geek or maybe because it is the most fitting.

Now some may disagree with me, but I view the skill level of web designers akin to the structure of Jedi. What I mean by this is just as there are varied skill levels and titles associated with those levels for Jedi, the same applies for Web Designers. So without any further delay, I will detail out those levels and their similarities.

Jedi Padawan: This is where it all starts, a Padawan is a Jedi-in-Training. Usually works directly beneath a Jedi Knight for supervision and guidance. The Padawan has some self-sufficient abilities but often requires some type of supervision. The Padawan would be akin to an entry-level Web Designer, someone who has some skills in all of the essential tools (photoshop, dreamweaver, etc.), just as a Padawan would be able to handle a lightsaber without hacking their own limbs off. Usually this person serves a couple years doing the grunt work involved on web projects until they get their feet wet enough to jump to the next level…

Jedi Knight: Once a padawan has proved themselves capable, they are induced as a Jedi Knight. The Jedi Knight is fully capable of operating solo and making key judgment decisions on numerous tasks, but sometimes even they require some direction from a Jedi Master. A Jedi Knight has the ability to think at a higher level of strategy and planning then a Padawan and also provide direction to its Knight in training. The Jedi Knight would be similar to a mid-level Web Designer… someone who has 3-5 years of experience in front-end design/development, able to complete more advanced tasks then an entry level person and able to operate on a higher and more independent level. One of the requirements of a Jedi Knight seeking to become a Jedi Master is to take on a Jedi Padawan and successfully train them into a Jedi Knight before they can reach the level of Master.

Jedi Master: Once a Knight has the proper amount of experience, trains a Padawan to the level of Knight and passes the required tests - they reach the pinnacle of their journey: Jedi Master! The Jedi Master is fully able to handle any task solo or by leading a team of Knights and Padawans. They are able to make decisions at a faster pace and higher level and also have a more extensive skillset and knowledge then their underlings. The Jedi Master would fall in the realm of a Senior-Level Web Designer: A Designer who is able to lead a small team, fully capable of taking a project from inception to completion without much input by superiors. One who has worked in their field for 5+ years and has a grasp of the advanced tricks and techniques involved in
web design. These Masters of their craft are almost a walking Google, so high and respected is their ability and knowledge in their craft.

Well, that is just my thoughts on the similarities between the Jedi Order and the Designers of the Web. I consider myself to be a Jedi Knight & am aspiring to reach the level of Master everyday. A good way to do that is to always challenge yourself and learn as much as you can, as often as you can. Knowledge is Power!

What kind of Digital Jedi are you? What kind of Digital Jedi do you want to be?

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