I am Ian Firth. I am a designer living in Colorado.
I have been a "creative" for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first computer program in 1984 on an Atari 800, it was a contact database, and it saved to cassette tape. I learned COBOL and RPG-II when green-bar was the preferred output medium. I spent several years in the drafting field as CAD changed the way the world designed and created things. I have drawn optics for the military, and drainage for international airports. I developed and published my first CD-ROM video game for the PC platform in 1994.
Then the world wide web showed up, and everything changed.
I launched my first web site in 1995 for my game development company. From there I built sites for anyone who would let me. Old school stuff, with 1 pixel clear gifs, and table layouts. I built .NET web apps long before "apps" was a commonly used term. I built online training video delivery systems for the Six Sigma world. I founded one of the largest automotive forums of the time in 2000. I used flat design in 2004, long before it was cool. For the better part of the decade I was building a web site for someone or another, usually as part of employment, but also for friends and acquaintances.
Web 2.0 was a good time, but wasn't as exciting to me as the mobile-first platform shift we are moving into today. Web design is interesting again, much like it was in 1995, and I have decided it's time to make engaging, useful stuff again.
I've worn a lot of hats, and some don't fit quite right, but it's time to put them back on.