Back to the beginning…

I was rummaging round in some old documents the other day when I found this old web design certificate:

At the time (1999) I was working in a print shop called The Color Company in Edinburgh, doing a mix of digital printing and in-house graphic design. I began getting fascinated with the ‘World Wide Web’, and its future potential. So I took it upon myself to attend some night classes at Heriot-Watt University to learn the basics of web design. And boy were they basics when I think about it now! For example layouts were done using html tables, with large images chopped up into cells. And who remembers having to use the transparent 1×1 pixel in their layouts? Or having to use a non-breaking space in empty cells?! Urgh.

But these small steps led me on a career that has seen all sorts of technologies and websites come and go. Quite pleased that my hunch was right, and the web really took off! I wouldn’t be where I am today without it (and nor would you been reading this on whatever device you’re using right now).

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