It seems like yesterday
Twenty years ago today I was having a sleepless night worrying that our first child was now overdue and a job interview the next morning. At 1:30 a.m. my partner said "get me to the hospital, now!", it was time. Six hours later, after some complications, our first son was born
I found it hard to leave my partner and new born baby at the hospital but at 9:30 a.m. I arrived to apply for an internship at an Internet Service Provider to learn how to build web sites. I got it and I was given a pile of books, a brief, an FTP login and sent off home to start work!
Fast forward twenty years and a successful career of more than three hundred web projects, my sons home from university and I am back in hospital (for a minor operation). Not quite how I was planning on celebrating my sons Birthday or my anniversary as a web designer.
However, as I approached this day I made myself a few promises, one of which was to say thank you to as many people as possible who have helped me along the way, so here goes:
The old guard
Over the years, whether working on projects big or small, I found myself to be the only 'Web Designer' in a team of programmers, project managers, database admins, graphic designers, marketers, creative directors. This was a difficult position, being the 'defender of best practice'. By that I mean educating the rest of the team of the benefits of good usability and accessibility.
I made it my business to study everything I could on the subjects of information architecture and HCI. But much of the information was out of date, until I started to discover the following people who wrote articles and blogs that I could learn from and quote from at meetings. They made my life easier and I made better web sites.
for giving me not only great advice about user interface design but the reasoning and data to back it up.
for introducing me to the concept of web standards, something I have attempted to adhere to for the rest of my career.
for testing stuff so we don't have to.
for http://quirksmode.org, an invaluable resource for cross browser issues I ran into over the years.
for inspiring me to join the W3C HTML Working Group.
for inspiring me to push my CSS skills
who kindly took the time to explain The Semantic Web and Web Components to me.
for teaching me about Information Archirecture.