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I was rummaging round in some old documents the other day when I found an old web design certificate, on actual paper...

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.

Designing and Authoring for the Internet certificate

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).

The banner image is originally a photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash