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American Designer Creates 180 Websites in 180 Days

14th Aug // 2013



Jennifer Dewalt, an American web designer from San Francisco has set herself the daunting challenge of building 180 websites in 180 days.

From basic social platforms to more complicated CSS systems, Dewalt has so far created 135 of said websites, the latest of which is an online image editor.

In a project that would prepare any budding designer for the challenge of tight deadlines in the digital industry, her aim is to to teach herself the core elements of website design and development in what is a self-determined crash course program.

In an interview with .net, Dewalt said: “Eventually, I came up with the idea of building 180 websites in 180 days. It seemed like a good way to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible!

“One of the hardest things to do when learning something new is to be comfortable with the fact there are some things you just don’t understand — and then to move on.

“Doing a website a day forces you to move on, and the freedom of self-direction means you can choose a different path if the one you are currently following has dead-ended.

“But what really drives how I attack the code on a day-to-day basis is the fact I have to release a new website every day, along with the fact I’m doing everything out in the open. I want people to like what I make and I feel obligated to actually come through day after day.”

Dewalt explained the frustration that web design can cause to the developer, especially on such a long-term and fast paced project.

“One of the hardest things to do when learning something new is to be comfortable with the fact there are some things you just don’t understand, and then to move on. Doing a website a day forces you to move on, and the freedom of self-direction means you can choose a different path if the one you are currently following has dead-ended.

“But what really drives how I attack the code on a day-to-day basis is the fact I have to release a new website every day, along with the fact I’m doing everything out in the open. I want people to like what I make and I feel obligated to actually come through day after day.”

Alien Attack!


Despite having nearly 140 websites to pick from, Dewalt said her favourites are ColorWorks, Song Machine and Alien Attack!

“My favourite site right now is ColorWorks, which is the first real tool I have made for myself. I now use it daily to help choose the colour scheme for my sites.

[caption id="attachment_1327" align="alignright" width="356"] (Wall of Cats by Jennifer Dewalt)[/caption]

“I’m fond of Song Machine. It’s playful and silly, and I am really happy with how it works. I also think about Alien Attack! a lot, because it looks really cool and I feel with a little more effort I could make it into an engaging game.”

On whether fellow budding designers, or even more experienced developers should undertake a similar project to shake off any cobwebs, she said: “Absolutely. I didn’t have 180 ideas for different websites when I started this project.

“I only had about 50 — and some of those didn’t pan out. But rapid iteration gets the creative juices flowing. As you move from one thing to the next, more and more ideas start popping up.”

To follow Jennifer's progress, and see the great websites she has designed so far, visit her website jenniferdewalt.com and follow her on Twitter @JenniferDewalt.enniferDewalt

Penned by Arthur Wilson in Web Development Creative Design