The archeology of a design career
I recently went down the rabbit hole of the Wayback Machine. My coworkers and I were coming up with concepts for an ugly sweater, and one of us pulled up snapshots of our company’s home pages over the years. Yikes. But, also, gosh, maybe my old websites weren’t so bad, right?
I went into graphic design from a fairly successful career as a journalist and editor. Because of that background, my sweet spot as a designer is integrating content and design, function and form. That thread has been a constant for 20+ years. What’s changed over time is my skills and the kind of design work I’m doing. What follows is a virtual archeological dig into my web design career, cringes and all.
(If you’re really into web archeology, check out this article at the Web Design Museum.)
Neolithic Age: Hand-coding html, tackling css for layout
Renaissance: Classic lines, personality, php
Lots changed by 2011: I designed a better logo, I was active on social media, I had a lot more work to show — and in terms of skills, I started using php and building pages using includes.
I also had a growing collection of vintage metal wind-up toys, which I used in the footer…