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How did you get into web design?

I started playing around with websites when I was 12. My dad built a website for his company using an old version of Microsoft FrontPage. I didn’t understand how it all worked and so he showed me how to use FrontPage. I was hooked.

I don’t use FrontPage anymore but I love building websites. I used to search the web for sites that I thought were cool. I would sit at my computer recreating the site I found from scratch using their images but never looking at their code. It was a lot of fun for me and I did it a lot.

I launched my first site selling web templates when I was 14. That failed quickly and when I turned 16 I got my first freelance job with a local web design company who I still occasionally do work for. Getting that job really encouraged me to keep going with this career. If they hadn’t hired me I probably wouldn’t have kept working on the web and my life would be very different.

Over the next few days and weeks I’m planning on interviewing some web designers I know to see how they got started and what they’ve learned along the way. It should be fun. Stay tuned.

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