In the ’90s, during the peak of the personal computing—or, PC—boom, a 6-year old was gifted with a 28.8K modem.
His intro to the Internet started innocuously: searching for images of his favorite cartoons. But things got peculiar as he kept looking.
People were using the Internet to share their thoughts—regardless of their worth. What was inspiring though wasn’t just the information shared; it was also the manner in which they were expressed. The vehicle was as important as the content produced.
The rest is a history that we all know. Content increased, and so did its consumers. Anybody with an idea wanted a “website”, and these grew to be hot commodity.
Today, a website is many things. It’s no longer just a container of information but a platform for fast and immediate communication. The “website designer” became a sum of his or her parts; the role got lost in an increasingly bigger system.
When it comes to the web and design, people call themselves many different things—roles like digital designer, product designer, and UI/UX designer come to mind. But for me, I’ll never be more than the 6-year old who set his eyes on his first website.
My name is Philip Rhie, and I’m a website designer.
The Rap Sheet
3-5 years (or, for life)Skillset
Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Web Design, Web Development, E-commerce, Prototyping, Wireframes, CMS, WordpressEducation
University of California, San Diego
B.S., Computer Science
Rock climbing, cookingFavorite Book*
Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian WoodFavorite Film*
Ocean’s ElevenFavorite Album*
The Strokes’ Is This It?Motto*
“If you can dream it, you can build it.”
(*May or may not be true.)