I've worked for the past ten years as a designer & software developer. Originally, I graduated with a Graphic Design degree but got more and more technical as time went on. I've lead start-ups in London, built financial tools for some of the biggest names in fund management and worked with dozens of incredible individuals building websites & software to support their businesses.
Building software is the art of problem solving which I certainly enjoy — but the process of making a living from it is a never-ending loop of reinventing the wheel in slightly different ways. I've lost all love for the profession and am in the process of scaling back my work as a Developer, instead leaning into my experience as a Photographer.
This change will come as no surprise to those that know me. I've always been the person with a camera in hand, and at one point before university looked set to be a working professional from the outset. For the past 15 years I've been the enthusiastic amateur, taking 'Good Photos' but never really putting in the time to start taking 'Great Photos'.
Despite my burnout, I can't leave development behind entirely. I've learnt too much to just turn my back on it. I've always admired the "Mac-assed apps" like Things and Coda (now Nova), but as a web developer couldn't justify the switch to native development. It was just too different and was like going back to square one.
I've come to love Swift — I think it's a severely underappreciated and undervalued language because of it's association with Apple — and will be building all my projects with it in the future. Some of those will be native apps, others might be web applications but they will all be self-indulgent and built for my own needs.
I have a problem where I take on far too many hobbies, but I've managed to scale it back to surfing — I live by a beach, how can I not? — and mountain-biking. Over the years I've gravitated to a particular ethos with my interests that emphasises enjoyment over performance. I treat surfing & cycling as experiences to be enjoyed; not sports. I try to forego the latest and greatest technical advances where you inevitably make it all about the equipment; instead just enjoying the moment.