Web Desiging for over 25 years. Still loving it.
I created my first html pages in notepad in 1993. In 1996 I created websites for clients for a London ISP named Intercom. I created and currently manage the website for St. Marys Station Gallery. Last year I finished a website for Westminster Township Historical Society and have also finished a new site for Conrad Homes.
In the past...
- I created and maintained a website for Country Creative Artisan Tour for 5 years that I was part of as well. I created all print items such as a brochure and a book markers each year as well.
- With the first iteration of Conradhomes.ca, I have took CAD files of blueprints of home designs and edited them and assemble them in Illustrator to create fact sheets as pdfs. With all the previously mentioned projects, I have kept consistency from print to web on the branding of each product.
- I created and maintained the website for Forest City Gymnastics in London for 10 years and created their full page registration form back in 2003.
Web design - it all started in 1993
My husband worked at Canada Trust at this time and he created EasyWeb. I was learning this new thing at the time called HTML and I was asked to create a mock up of the pages for EasyWeb (wasn't called that at first though) to show executives how it would look. The design went over well and when the site went live, I found out to my delight, that whomever did the final design literally copied and pasted my code and meta tags! I was very heavy into corporate training by then and I would have clients go to Show Source Code on the browser and in the meta tags, it would say "Designed by SylverDesign & Instruction" (yes, even back then I had the same company name). Great kudos for me and it stayed up for a good 2 years after the initial launch.
Early UX design
Around 1994 , Canada Trust created a PC banking software program called CT Connect. I created the splash screen and icons for the software. CT Connect was my first view and involvement with UX design. The product did not get traction like EasyWeb did but I learned a lot in the process.
I have a unique background as a BealArt graduate and Industrial Design graduate from Fanshawe College. In the Industrial Design course, we learned about UX and UI and ergonomics, long before they were buzzwords.