I’ve been designing and building all types of web sites for a decade or so now. I started out building my first website complete with some flash animations and blinking text for a t-shirt company that some of my friends and I were going to start. When I realized that wasn’t going to pay my bills I put together my first portfolio site with less flash and no blinking text this time around. I used this site to help wow Justin Couto at Couto Solutions and the rest is history.
When I started designing and building websites for a living ie7 had just come out and we were only focused on supporting ie6, 7, and firefox. Chrome wasn’t out yet and we didn’t feel there was enough of a user base using safari for us to worry about testing in it. This was a few years before the birth of the iPhone and responsive design was not even on the web design road map. Chrome was way under the radar and it was a few years before I had even heard about it. There was no such thing as Twitter and I had a Myspace account instead of a Facebook account.
Wow, things have come a really long way. Chrome is now my browser of choice, I now have a Facebook account instead of Myspace account, I have owned an iPhone, and I use Twitter on a daily basis. Also in this time I have made my fair share of mistakes and I have learned a ton. But it hasn’t been enough. In 2013 I have come to the realization that my skills have grown a little stale.
One thing that I’ve noticed over the days, months, and years of website building is that inspiration and energy comes and goes. With a couple of major life changes I saw that inspiration and energy dip. But more recently I’ve become motivated and driven at a whole new level. It feels great and I’ve decided to capitalize on it by recreating my own personal site BrianTree.se, a resource for web designers and developers. With this site, I plan on documenting the things that I like, learn, and inspire me, and I would also like to try and give a little something back to the web design/development community that has given me so much.