Inside the Castle:

Castle Builder: The Blog

by Amélie Walker-Yung

We relaunched our website at the beginning of 2012. As the year comes to a close, we are launching the Castle Builder Blog!

15 Years of Web Building

I’m Amélie, the founder of Castle Builder Design, and I’ve been designing and developing websites since 1997. The explosion of the internet has been amazing in the time I’ve been working on it, and I’ll draw from my experiences in writing this blog.

When I started out, to be a web designer was to be a coder. Layout was table based, control was limited. Graphics had to be small, as almost all users were on dial-up. There was no such thing as a content management system. I had been designing magazine layouts in college, where I learned Photoshop and QuarkXPress. When presented with HTML, I wanted to cry. WYSIWYG? We had PageMill, a very early precursor of Dreamweaver, but it did awful things to code. It was much better to do it by hand, and the habit stuck.

But while I was initially frustrated as a designer having to work in a new medium, I was also intrigued. The web had possibilities. The potential for interaction was something truly new. We knew that before we could even quite imagine where we’d be today. Who ever thought we’d be able to watch a movie on our newspaper, see letters from strangers attached within minutes, and respond to them? Well, someone did.

The web of today is almost unrecognizable from the web I was helping create 15 years ago. I’ll talk more about the internet’s evolution in future posts.

The Blog

I’m excited to start the Castle Builder Blog to talk about my experience, discuss my thoughts on the current state of the internet, and share a few tips and tricks. I’ll be joined by my colleagues and the occasional guest blogger.

We hope this blog will be a resource for our clients and for other designers. You can look forward to the Castle Builders’ input on current trends in web design and programming, how-to guides, and more on their areas of expertise.

Meet the Castle Builders!


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By Amélie Walker-Yung

Amélie, the founder of Castle Builder Design, has been constructing a wide variety of websites for two decades. She manages all projects and specializes in crafting visually compelling yet clear-eyed designs, all the while taming open source software. She sees a successful website as a puzzle solved through the seamless integration of its two vital elements: beauty and function. Amélie was the membership coordinator Webgrrls NYC for several years and enjoys baking.

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