I'm currently self-learning development with the intention of a career change. I'm 28 and it's rather overwhelming the amount of things I feel I need to pick up, but I'm getting there, slowly.
With that said, I do feel it's important I get a good handle on HTML/CSS but my question is really, just how much is necessary?
I've knocked together a basic site with what I've learned so far (HTML/CSS), and wondered if I could get some feedback as to whether that's an adequate working knowledge to continue focusing on the development side?
I've put it up as a kind of temporary test site on my domain, please excuse the design as I'm not a designer at all, and definitely not a UX expert.
Thanks for posting this. Your story is eerily similar to mine so I decided to check your site out. In my opinion you are being too rough on yourself. Your website is visually pleasing and has a logical layout. I really didn't see any problems with the design of your website. However, some of the website's functionality is broken. I cannot make use of your embedded Facebook or Twitter buttons in either IE 9 or Firefox 17. All of your page navigation seems to work fine, as well as your contact links.
I feel overwhelmed every day of the week, which I why I felt compelled to answer your post. I am also 28 and spend more of my time "self-teaching" than I actually learn in the classroom. After three years of college, I've just cracked the halfway point in my studies (I slacked off during a few semesters). I've actually only taken two courses that are even remotely related to my major. I make up for this by spending hours a day working on sites like lynda, w3schools, and Pluralsight.com. There are seemingly limitless resources available on the web, so I try to stay positive knowing this.
Re: the site, some links (including the social media icons) are just placeholders as the site is purely fictional.
A bit about me; I graduated in architecture and ended up specialising in 3D visuals, which is what I work as currently. I don't like it at all though and I've had a very long standing passion for the web as a platform for design and development. I just find it so exciting and there's so much going on in the dev world that there's so many avenues to explore, both as a spectator and a creator I suppose.
Most importantly, I just love 'making stuff' with code. Or rather, I love the concept of it, my current skillset doesn't extend much further than a text adventure or currency convertor inside a JS console.
Regarding the design, I suppose it looks ok, but I really don't intend to focus on the visual design side of things. Just enough to craft a front-end where necessary.