Learning Design

Recently, I took a course called Fundamentals of Design at Code School. It’s an interesting course, but it’s a bit of a whirlwind — I think they could have a whole design track instead of just one course. (This course is part of their HTML/CSS track, but it isn’t really about coding and feels out of place there.)

The course introduces three main areas of design: Continue reading “Learning Design”

It All Started with GeoCities

How did I get my start with coding? You might think it’s because both of my parents worked as computer programmers. That was almost certainly why I had a computer as a small child, but I never had an urge to follow in their footsteps. As a child and teen I was more interested in learning natural languages and ballet than how to program.

But around 1997, after we got AOL service, I discovered GeoCities. They had neighborhoods! Your website wasn’t floating out in cyberspace by itself; you got to pick a virtual community. Plus, one of my friends had one. I decided to move into the EnchantedForest neighborhood. Continue reading “It All Started with GeoCities”