I have been writing articles and tutorials for this site for a while now (about seven months and counting), and I just realized that I have never formally introduced myself to all of my readers.  So I thought I would write a little article about myself and what I do, and this is the result.

My name is Josh Drake, and I live in the United States.  I started out what seems like ages ago with HTML and Notepad on a Windows system, and like all other web designers – great or small – began with the small, ugly, Times New Roman web page.  Of course, it looked horrible, but I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  I then scratched the surface of Javascript, but decided I didn’t like it so much, and left it behind.  I have regretted that decision ever since.

Now, roughly two years later, I am still learning some of the more advanced techniques of the web world, but have mastered HTML, CSS, and Photoshop.  Seriously, I could code HTML in my sleep I’ve used it so much.

About a year ago, I bought myself the Adobe CS3 Production Premium package.  Wow – did that open up a world of opportunities for me to create, learn, and grow my skills!  Now I could not only design basic websites, but I could spice them up with Flash, design logos with Illustrator, and create professional videos with After Effects and Premiere.  Obviously, that didn’t happen overnight, but with practice anything is possible, right?  Many people argue that freeware is the only way to get software, but I’ve gotta say that you can’t beat Adobe and their work flow.

This was all well and good, but I needed a way to let out my creativity on a good purpose.  I had come to the “getting tired of Hello World” stage.  That’s when I tried creating my own website.  The first result was…well…not something you would want to see, much less read.  But as I got better with using the programming languages and software, I slowly built up the site until I launched the blog that you are reading now.

Just in November, I got a Mac Mini as a gift, and entered into the Apple universe.  That was another major turning point in my design career.  Not only are Macs extremely user-friendly and sleek, but they have some great tools for us web designers.  Since my old PC was really slow, big, and clunky, I am still in awe at how fast the new mac is, and how smoothly Photoshop runs on it.  If you are wondering what type of computer to get, definitely go with a mac – it was one of the best decisions in my life.

And that brings us to the present day, with me creating websites for a few customers here and there, updating this blog once in a while, and trying to maintain a social life as well (welcome to the life of a web designer).  I really enjoy creating websites and illustrations, and I hope that I can continue to do it for the rest of my life.

If you ever have any questions about being a web designer, coding, or using the Adobe software, just drop me an email over at the contact form.  I’ll do my best to give you an accurate answer (or should I say educated guess) and help you out.