Go ahead and start learning JS. Google like crazy or enroll in $10 Udemy courses. See also free youtube videos. Learning JS is mostly practice.
Also, get familiar with UX/UI – which I think will align more with your graphic design background.
Mad design skills + Coding chops == highly sought after by web design agencies.
There were campers here who got employed even if they haven’t finished the FE certificate and minimal JS knowledge (no frameworks, advance js). But you can see from their portfolio they had the “eye for design”… which sometimes is harder to teach. As they say, you either have style or not.
Yes, you can do this ️ .
Try the fCC challenges, like @PortableStick suggested. They’re great at teaching code while providing basic but useful project exercises to help that new knowledge really sink in between the brain wrinkles. Feel free to browse around other learning resources, like Code Academy, too. For me, using a few different resources to learn the same thing helps it stick.
There are some other resources I’ve been really enjoying from Glitch.com lately that I’ll share below. Glitch is a platform for developing websites and web apps. It’s super versatile and provides tons of example projects. And with any public project on Glitch, you can look at the files that compose the project and even copy the project to edit and tinker with on your own.
Website Starter Kit from Glitch—“A free, 4-part video course with interactive code examples to learn to make a website using HTML, JS, CSS and Node.js.” They provide great explanations of all the coding languages listed in the description and provide example projects for each part. The parts build on each other too, so you can see the evolution of a website in a hands-on way.
Those are just a few things I’ve been digging lately as I try to learn. There are tons of different learning resources shared on this forum, but for me, the fCC + Code Academy combo is what got me started on a good foot.
Regarding your graphic design background, that’s a wonderful thing, and definitely good to have on your resume. I’ve seen lots of job postings for developers with graphic design knowledge/experience. And if you get a developer job, you’ll be great at working with the designers because you speak their language. These two groups can be at odds sometimes in a company, and being able to bridge that gap between the two makes you a great asset.
Your graphic design background also affords you some flexibility if you learn to code. There’s Front-end Developer, UX Developer, and whole lot of other developer positions where graphic design skills are wanted. I see it in job postings all the time. If you can learn to code, I think you’ll be in a great position looking for jobs in tech.
Thanks for the feedback this is great advice and great starting direction! It makes me feel more confident is my decision to make choice.