About Me

My name is Alex,
Currently I reside in the Philadelphia area, but during the progression of this website I will be moving to New York City. I’ve spent the better half of my life behind the screen, teaching myself everything about Front-End Web Design and Development.

My interest in web design started in middle school. I had stumbled upon a free web page builder called Geocities.com and quickly became fluent with its drag and drop interface. It didn’t take me long to realize that the entire process of online creation was what I enjoyed, it would be my career.

Geocities.com was a good start, but the pages I built didn’t work properly on different computers. This made me furious, the time I spent piecing together a pixel perfect website was a waste. I needed to seek out another way of completing this task, but wanted to keep the simplicity that Geocities.com offered. My solution was Macromedia Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop all combined with the “Slice Tool”. Now I was able to completely enhance my websites without ever learning a single line of markup. I had spent a couple years creating pages this way. Big mistake, I finally came to a realization during high school that my method was incorrect. The sheer disappointment and time I had wasted was enough for me to quit and pursue Graphic Design.

So I attended The University of the Arts for Graphic Design. At the end of the year I was given a project, I had to creatively present my portfolio for review. Unlike my colleagues, I had decided to do this online. The project fully rekindled my interest in web design except I knew I had to approach it differently. With a sketchbook, Adobe CS, and BBEdit, I went to work. The markup wasn’t daunting like before, in fact I embraced the challenge. The final product was a fully designed and hand coded presentation of my work. I used HTML, CSS, Javascript and Flash to convey a fully functional, interactive web experience. I had a new affinity for web technology despite my reluctance to learn the languages in the past. Soon after I had discovered that The University of the Arts could not offer the guidance I sought. The decision was difficult, but I decided to leave and pursue a less formal education in the current trends of Web Design and Development.

So here I am, my plans are to move to New York City and continue working on websites. The idea behind alexwhitworth.com is simple, it is a WordPress blog that will chronicle the creation of itself, and my experiences. This website will never be finished, it will grow as I grow. The reason I decided to take this approach is to learn, and share. This will be my first time attempting a project like this, so lets see what happens.

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  1. Posted September 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

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