Clifford Boobyer

With a degree in graphic design from Cape Town Technikon, Clifford Boobyer took his first job as an apprentice to master typographer Gerhard Schwekendiek. “Mostly the clients were distillers and wine makers and the design product was handmade mockups – two to three days producing a piece of artwork three-inches square, and they say today’s challenges are difficult, pah!”

.net: What got you into web design in the first place?
Clifford Boobyer: Does anyone intentionally get into web design? For me, it was really about being a young designer needing to create a presence online – there’s no client budget to speak of so you end up doing it yourself. I’ve always had an interest in digital design, yet the coding side is something that you pick up over a period of time. I have a great deal of experience with interface design, and I suppose what’s really egged me on, is the typical developer/coder response: “You can’t do that.” As with all spoken challenges from parties in the past, there’s a little benevolent gremlin inside me that says: “Say what? Let me try…” I suppose that’s where it all started. I think the trend in open source and web standards has been a long time coming because I think it’s high time that the code has caught up with the designers!

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