When I first started working on the web, I did not consider myself a designer. I took programming classes and learned how to make web pages do things. I was less concerned with how they looked than with how they worked.
But as I got more involved in web development, I realized something.
This may not seem like a surprise to any designers reading this, but it was huge for me.
Are You a Designer? Why or Why Not?
Do you consider yourself a designer? A developer? A website owner? Do you think design is important in your role?
These days I do consider myself a designer. I may not be as good at it as I want to be, but I can recognize what is wrong with my designs and work on improving them. I also know how to make things look better and more aesthetically pleasing. This benefits both me and my clients.
So, yes, I am a designer. And I work every day to become a better designer.