When I started the process of developing my web design skills to compliment my pre press experience around 1996-7 there really wasn’t a lot to go on in terms of online resources for advice, learning and inspiration to develop your skills in this area. There certainly was nothing in terms of classes and university courses. Of course these days online resources are a dime a dozen and there are many design blogs out there discussing best practices and showing off some amazing designs. Over the course of the past 12-13 years, many courses and subjects have flourished in the industry of web design and web development, making their mark on university campuses around the world, creating jobs that did not exist only a matter of a few years ago.
In 1997 web design resources were seldom, I soon discovered a website called AndyArt.com (now Scream Design), or Andy’s Art Attack created by Andy Evans of Utah. In 1997 this was for me the benchmark in web design, cleverly placed and animated gifs with rollovers with a 3D look and feel. It was something to behold and at the time there was nothing around to match the way Andy had carefully sliced and animated the individual images. Of course then I downloaded FutureSplash (bought out by Macromedia and now Adobe Flash), and the rest is history (a blog for another day).
Andy’s site grew into a plethora of FREE images, tips and tutorials on how to get the best results for designing for the web. He even had a CD rom for sale which I purchased by faxing payment details to the Untied States, and I still have it to this day. I couldn’t believe my luck in finding this awesome resource and it really catapulted my transition into screen design and inspired me from early on. Andy inspired me and helped me transition into full time commercial website design and development and I am happily still going strong to this day. So if you’re out there somewhere Andy, cheers my web Brother.
Update: New post and the old website