Bakersfield-based designer Scott Bowers decided to become a web designer in 2008, after his son had a brain tumor.
After spending a year working in a factory, he decided to apply to the University of California, San Diego’s web design program and received his degree in 2011.
“I just thought, this is what I want to do,” he says.
“I wanted to do something different and I’m doing it because it’s fun.”
Bowers, 29, moved to San Diego to start his own web design business and he now runs a successful website that is a major hub for the city’s web designers.
Bower started working in software development in 2007 and has been working on web design ever since.
His website is a hub for San Diego web designers and he also runs a website that sells custom-made web accessories like pins, web boards and hats.
He says he’s always been interested in design, and his interest was sparked by the internet.
“It was my first real exposure to design, but it wasn’t until I started to design that I realized that I was in the right place for what I was trying to do.”
Bowers has been making web design a career for about five years now, and he credits his wife for helping him make it a full-time career.
“She’s a fantastic professional, a really good mother and she helps me out,” he said.
Bower says he feels like he’s “on a really mission-driven mission” to design websites.
“It’s a huge job.
I’ve been making a living for four years, but I think it’s going to be a long journey.”
As a designer, Bowers says he looks for design elements that help connect with people and help them connect with the site.
“We can’t have one person on the web who doesn’t know who the designer is,” he explains.
He says that his focus is on making the site as intuitive as possible.
But even if he’s not creating web design for a living, Bower does enjoy the creative process.
“I enjoy working on my projects and when I’m not working on them I love to be creating.
I have a lot of ideas about what I would do with my life,” he explained.
“Sometimes I feel like I am living a life that’s almost a story and I love it.”
Bowers plans to continue working on his web design blog for the next year.
He says he plans to keep building on his business as a hobby and says that if he doesn’t have another job in five years, he plans on becoming a full time web designer.
“When I look at my career I want it to last,” he told The Irish Press.
A version of this article appeared on The Irish Post.