What's a UniDev?
Dec 28, 2022
Becoming an Indie Dev has been a very popular trend since the Pandemic started, everyone’s looking to live the Entrepreneurial dream. With the advancement of modern day technology becoming an Indie Dev is so much easier.
Thanks to things like No Code, now non technical people can now build their own products without writing a single line of code. If you go back in time 5-8 years this wasn’t the case, you had to be technical or find someone that was, which cost capital… something not everyone had access to.
I can tell you from personal experience. I became a full-time Entrepreneur in 2017, without knowing how to design or code. So, I started teaching myself. I started with Design, since I was more passionate about it. At the same time, I slowly started teaching myself React Native & SwiftUI. Unfortunately I only learn how to “half” code, give me a design and I can code it… but adding functionality to that design, that’s where you lost me.
That’s when I discovered No Code tools like Webflow, Adalo, Bravo Studio, Bubble & more. I found myself learning these tools so much faster than learning how to code.
Learning how to build things with No Code made me realize something. A Designer that knows how to Code / No Code is rare. There aren’t many designers out there that can design a product & then build it.
But then I started thinking, the same can be applied on the other side of the spectrum as a Developer. If you’re a dev that understands & knows how to design then you too are also rare.
What am I getting at?
If you’re a designer that can code / no code or a dev that can design you’re what I call a UniDev (Unicorn Indie Develop).
What’s a UniDev?
A UniDev is someone that can do design and build a product from start to finish all on their own. I want to encourage more people to strive to become a UniDev because of all the benefits that come with it.
Improved problem-solving skills: Designing and coding require you to break down complex problems into smaller, manageable pieces and find creative solutions to those problems.
Greater career opportunities: Many jobs require some level of design and coding skills, and the demand for these skills is only increasing as technology becomes more prevalent in all industries.
Increased creativity: Designing and coding allow you to create and build new things, which can be a great outlet for creativity.
Better communication: Being able to design and code allows you to communicate your ideas more effectively, both with technical and non-technical people.
Increased independence: Knowing how to design and code gives you the ability to build and create things on your own, rather than being dependent on others to do it for you.
Improved analytical skills: Designing and coding require you to analyze problems and think critically about how to solve them, which can improve your analytical skills.
Greater financial opportunities: Many jobs in the design and tech fields offer competitive salaries, so having these skills can potentially lead to higher earning potential.
Increased employability: In today's job market, many employers are looking for candidates who have a combination of technical and creative skills. Knowing how to design and code can make you a more attractive candidate.
If you’re looking to break into Tech I would suggest learning one side of the spectrum first and then learn the other. Learning how to design & code at the same time will be extremely difficult, but not impossible. It’s a long journey, so remain patient… but once you get there, Sky's the limit.