Can Websites Be Art? | Jesse Smith
I have loved, and have been participating in, multiple forms of art for as long as I can remember. Being classified as an artist is a very important part of who I am and who I want to be. It was always my plan to end up in a career as an artist of some kind. Yet, by the turns of fate, I now create and design websites, applications, and software. Sometimes I ask myself if I’ve lost my way along the path towards my dreams, but when I’m in the nitty gritty of designing and editing websites and when I see the final result, I still get the feeling that I have completed a form of art.
I attribute much of who I am to my mother. She raised me and my five siblings with a wonder and affinity for art, culture, and an embrace for the geeky things in life. My love for Star Wars and science fiction, Lord of the Rings and fantasy, and so many other things began with her, an original Trekkie (Star Trek fan) and Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien) fiend. I also began my artistic journey because of her. She studied art in college, and has creativity in every fiber of her being. I started drawing at a young age due to the exposure to art that was a normal aspect of living with my mother. But I can thank my father for the analytical and scientific mind that has come in handy now that I am in coding. As a chemist who has worked on many pharmaceutical drugs, he would often come home spouting information about metabolites and molecular structure. It now dawns on me that though different, my father and I speak similar languages: ones that everyone on the outside of our respective fields find disinteresting the moment we speak a word of it.
Though many find it boring or difficult, I find coding and web development to be invigorating and infinitely interesting. As an artist, designer, digital solutionist, problem solver, etc., I aim to bring as many tools as I can to the table to aid 1909 Digital in our quest to change the current marketing landscape. But as a philomath, I’m never done learning new things. I plan to continue to fill my proverbial toolbox with as much as I am able. In the meantime, I will continue to make art. Or websites. I’ll let you be the judge.
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