I am basically a Mechanical Engineering graduate. During the curriculum, we got exposure in programming languages like Pascal, C and C++. After graduation I did a diploma course on Application Development in Ecommerce, where I acquired skills in html and other languages.
Since my mother was an artist, I inherited a bit of artistic skills. In the mean time I developed my skills in design.
In 2003, I joined Turtle Technologies (UK) Pvt Ltd, Auroville, Tamil Nadu as a Web Designer. There I got exposure in Photoshop and other design tools, and CSS. At that time a web designer was supposed to do the design for websites, design brochures, visiting cards, do flash animations, html/css development etc. Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator were major browsers at that time. Taming Netscape Navigator was a difficult task then. Html tables were used for layout purposes. Div based designs were just emerging. DreamWeaver and FrontPage were the major html editors.
Html5, css3 and JQuery played a major role in making the next generation websites powerful and more interactive. Web Design was renamed as ‘UI Design’ and included design for Mobile and Tab. With the emergence of Smartphones, people began to understand the importance of good user interface. People became more concerned with the user experience.
Now companies have become more specific. You either concentrate on complete UI/UX design or UI development. This, I feel is a major change.
Responsive designs gave another dimension to the html development process. Many frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation etc. were developed to make the development process streamlined. Advanced features in CSS gave the websites a rich and interactive feel. Repositories like git and versioning like svn contributed much to the team environment. There are many tools like JIRA and Confluence which help in collaborating with other teams and improve the productivity.
Web will continue to emerge in the coming years. It has become a challenge for both designers and developers to update themselves and keep the momentum going.