As I am in a slow-ish process of redesigning my "brand" and updating this website, I'm spending a bit of time on continuing education.
I've been wanting to get to know Processing for a year now. It started with a simple desire to learn how to utilize Kinect in a live show I was designing in 2013. I ran out of time for that particular project, but it's always been in back of my mind. I think it's great that some people pick a specific skill and hone that nonstop.
For me, I like to learn new tools. New tools that help me create a vision, idea, and cool visuals. I feel that learning new tools broadens my mind and helps my creative problem solving. I'll always be a visual designer. I like to make things look pretty. That's my focus. I'll always be using Photoshop more than Dreamweaver and pencil more than power tools.
However, over the years, I've experienced being curious is a very healthy aspect of staying creative. Aesthetic is the most important "skill" for me. Rest is just tools to achieve that aesthetic. If I only knew how to use watercolor, I'll never be ever to fully appreciate the ability to manipulate chiaroscuro. Knowing this new spectrum could open my mind to new ideas.
Anyways, it doesn't hurt to know how to code some in this day and age. :) Currently working on Joshua Davis' class and Data Visualization using processing. My interest being in interactive graphics...!