I got my first job in publishing in 1985. My employer saw ‘computer studies’ listed among my courses and immediately took me for an expert. In reality, the one-day-a-week course in Basic spanned six weeks and I only attended once. As a research editor, I didn’t expect also to become ‘the IT department’. Still, I knew enough about computers to make it work. Within two months I had blown the budget handed to me and replaced the company’s battered Remington and two electronic typewriters with a server and a handful of dumb terminals. I regret the loss of that Remington to this day.
Two jobs later, in 1990, I got my hands on a Mac for the first time; they’ve never strayed since.
After I’d safely stored my scalpel in an old cork bottle stopper one last time, QuarkXpress became the beating heart of my magazine editing and design work for the next eight years. In 2002 I went freelance, and the following year made the switch to Adobe Creative Suite.
These days I produce books, magazines and business reports for publishers who: a) prefer to outsource their production; or, b) have an overspill with which their internal resources are unable to cope.
By most calculations, I’d sailed past life’s halfway point when I took up web design. I started with HTML and CSS, and added some PHP and jQuery along the way. Everything I’ve learned has come from reading: tutorial after tutorial, blog post after blog post, and enough code snippets to make my eyes bleed. All of it, I should add, freely given by people more knowledgeable in these matters than me. I respect that.
The sites I build tend to be for small businesses, freelance writers and designers.
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