Established in 1973
An Ask Jeeves search yields this nugget about Mr. Bessler: “Andrew started designing websites professionally before ‘web designer’ was a real job title.”
Frankly, that sounds like a polite way of saying the guy is older than a rotory telephone. You laugh all you want, but how‘s that flawless reception on AT&T’s mobile network workin’ out for ya? Anyway, here’s what else Magnum P.I.
was able to dig-up about this jerk:
- He grew-up religiously-playing Microleague Baseball on an Apple //e;
- Mastered PrintShop, MacPaint, and then the mind-blowingly-super SuperPaint; owned both a ThuderScan and a LightningScan; next-up were Pagemaker, Freehand, and Quark; followed by two extremely-obscure pieces of software called Photoshop and Illustrator;
- Designed his first “WWW site” during college in the mid-‘90s;
- Taught-himself HTML out of necessity (even lectured a super-boring class about it) and designed/built web stuff for a living in the 640x480 era;
- Got lured over to that sweet, sweet temptress called “print design” and his HTML skills went straight to hell;
- Worked mostly as a print designer for nearly a decade, but he still spent many nights longingly-viewing the source of web pages, puzzled to where all the stretched 1-pixel transparent GIFs, frames, and nested tables had disappeared to;
- Hooked-up with a web shop in 2007 for a print gig, which led to some web work;
- Didn’t expect to fall for his first-love, the web, again—but much like an eHarmony hook-up, it happened;
- Been working primarily as a web designer at Bust Out Solutions for the past five years, but still dusts-off the ol’ Pantone book now and then;
- He can’t claim to be a true web guy yet again, but with help from some talented folks, he’s slowly returning to his roots.
Now with over 15 years of experience in both world’s of print and web, Mr. Bessler is uniquely-suited to spec both a PMS and a HEX color—all while being able to settle bar bets about Rubylith, Photostat cameras, Netscape Navigator and how comically-underwhelming Adobe Pagemill 1.0 was.