Originally posted in the BRIDGE Blog, August 2012.
In the mid-1990′s, “webmaster” was among the hottest job titles. A webmaster was the person tasked with building a website for an organization, frequently one where they worked. Coming from diverse backgrounds, and self-taught by necessity, webmasters mentored one another while building the early web.
As publishers offered books on HTML, the first web design courses at colleges and universities were born. In the beginning, everything about the web could be covered in a single course, generally in the computer science department. Within a few years, though, colleges and universities began offering concentrations in web design.
Twenty years after webmasters started teaching one another HTML, most colleges and universities now offer classes pertaining to building websites. However, those classes are offered in different departments, emphasize different aspects of web design, and, unfortunately, they are frequently not up to date.