Dave Kim

Hello Again

Whether you’re a long-time developer or someone who has dabbled in learning how to code, you’ll recognize the phrase, “Hello, World.” It is one of the first things you learn how to do when learning a new programming language, and there is something incredibly thrilling and satsifying about it. With just a few lines of code, you’ve managed to communicate with a computer.

And isn’t that pretty incredible?

It’s an amazing feeling, and your mind furiously races with the sense of possibility. What else can you do? What else can you build? What new forms of play can you create by typing a few more words and characters?

My first experience with creating something on the computer was back in middle school in the 90s. I learned how to create websites by reading all of the books on HTML available at our town’s public library and by very liberally clicking View Source on any pages that seemed cool1. Sites from GeoCities and Xanga were my go-to sources of inspiration, and I somehow ended up being that kid who made websites for a friend’s uncle - and that one random law firm in Philadelphia - and getting paid for them.

Fast forward to 2021, and I’m still at it. Well, only somewhat.

Creating websites never became my day job, but it did become something that I turned to in my spare time. I find the craft of building websites silmutaneously thrilling and meditative. I love geeking out and trying out the different technologies that go into making something like what you’re reading right now2, and I also love the quiet act of building3 websites and creating a space that’s mine.

Whether it’s a digital home or a worry stone, a website - your website - is uniquely yours and can be whatever you want it to be.

A billboard? Sure. A diary? Go for it. An auction house for the latest NFTs? Of course it is.

With this version of this site, I aim to do a few things:

  1. Be more intentional about my attention and share the things that caught my eye recently
  2. Use this site as a mechanism to think out loud and workshop a few concepts and ideas with you all
  3. Explore how design, technology, and community can work together to create a more just and joyful world

The trick with any reboot like this is to go from a moment to something that has momentum. And who knows? That small piece of momentum may somehow turn into a bigger movement. But, I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

So, hello again. It’s good to be back.

  1. Dino’s, a pizza place in Seattle, has a website that perfectly captures the ethos of what I considered design excellence back then. ↩︎

  2. Like with all things, there is definitely a pendulum effect in the web development space. I can’t help but think about Dreamweaver when I see Webflow. And when I think about what it takes to align something, I can’t believe that we’re still messing around with something that should be so simple. ↩︎

  3. It’s more like building, checking, debugging, checking again, searching, reading, actually debugging, and then realizing that you spent your time on something super minor. Woops. ↩︎