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At the tender age of 14, I submitted my first website for a design review.
My masterpiece came together after only a few days spent tooling around in Geocities. I thought it was awesome – it featured a sharp black background, electric green content table, rockin’ aLtErNaTe capitalization, and sweet graphics made in Paint Shop Pro. I even had a page where you could adopt a sunflower seed (the terrifying screenshot you see on the right).
The result? A total disaster.
I’ll give the reviewer a bit of credit — she could tell that I was young and doing my best, but that made her review no less scathing!
According to her, my website was cluttered, hard to read and had little to interest any visitor. In fact, she said most would click away with a major headache!
I was crushed.
From that web design kick-in-the-face, however, I learned valuable lessons about what works in web design — lessons that are still true today.