Say no to Ninja Rockstars

What exactly is up with the silly and meaningless use of “Rockstar” and “Ninja” that is proliferating around the web? “Rockstar Developer”, “Rockstar Designer”, “CSS Ninja” etc. I know it’s a joke, but it’s also moronic.

Tell people what you do, and why you’re good — don’t pretend to be a musical genius or a silent assassin. You’re not. There was a time, pretty recently in fact, when we were all keen to “keep it real.” What the hell happened?

(Of course, if you actually are a rockstar or a ninja, then stop moonlighting as a web professional, you’re taking work from the rest of us!)

10 thoughts on “Say no to Ninja Rockstars

  1. Hahaha, for real man, I totally agree. Just like that freelanceswitch website that is selling their books “Rockstar Freelancer” or “WordPress Rockstar”. omg….

  2. I just stumbled onto this website. I could not agree more! If you don’t play an instrument, you sure as hell aren’t a rockstar, and to claim otherwise is the height of douchebaggery.

  3. Amen to this blog post! I bloomin’ hate it when I see people write ‘Rockstar Designer’ or the like on their sites. It doesn’t strike me as very professional.

  4. hahaha, nice point of view!

    Don’t people love to celebrate themselves, I guess that’s why some call themselves rockstars and ninjas. Oh, and because it sounds cool.

    What a beautiful web site design btw. Not only nice and fresh looking, but also clean and solid. Hope you don’t mind that I just blogged about trying to build a similar graphic, it was just so inspiring :)

  5. Brilliant Matt,

    I HATE when I read job postings asking for a Web Rockstar or CSS Ninja. It makes me not take the post seriously

  6. Of course, you could happen to be a rockstar ninja under cover as a web designer for your next secret concert assassination.

  7. I can’t believe that no one has taken the opposing point of view. I’m a little disheartened by that, because deep down inside there’s a lot of us who want to be ninja rockstars – except of course for the assassination part. Think about it…

    Take the ninjas for starters: If you don’t believe in magic, ninjas are the next best thing with their ability to be almost invisible. And rockstars? Just imagine tens of thousands of screaming fans with Bic lighters. Hold onto that image for a moment and put it together with the arts of the ninja. Are you feeling it yet? I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want that, and I think all your visitors want the same thing but are just too afraid to admit it. And I want that for my clients too. If I could deliver a site that could accomplish all that, don’t think that I wouldn’t do it.

    Of course I’ve never achieved such excellence, and so I couldn’t in good conscience claim the title of “Ninja Rockstar Designer”. But I agree with Birgit that your site is rather groovy, and some day I’m going to be just like you and call myself “Matt Hill Rockstar Wannabe Designer”. In that day, my brother, we’ll both be cookin’ with Crisco!

    By the way, I think it’s time you returned from your vacation for crying out loud!

  8. Matt,

    Rock Stars & Ninjas =D LOL
    I read this everyday on different websites Or job postings & I always feel degraded. But FROM NOW ON.. I feel like a Normal Designer =D

    Thanks to you.