I've been responsible for Firrhill Centre's Website design & maintenance for almost 10 years now. The Centre was where my website creation and maintenance journey began...
Back in 2004 there was basically one or two pages with a couple of hyperlinks connecting them on the Firrhill Centre 'website'. The site had a fantasically coloured logo that had been made for the website by a Chinese girl who was studying Occupational therapy with a work experience related post at Firrhill Centre. I had to optimise the logo as it had 64 million colours in it and, back in the days of dial-up, took about 4 minutes to load. That would be completely unacceptable these days as marketers aim to have their products viewed in the browser in under 3 seconds.
As a newbie to the web, I could grasp updating text for the news of events that were happening in or around Firhill Centre. That was what I did there once a week for a couple of months.
After the initial buzz of 'creating interesting and original content' for the website, I spoke to Bill, the Centre Manager about how I wanted to learn much more about website design. Bill agreed to pay half the tuition fees for an evening course at College by using money which is assigned as a Staff training budget. I attended College once a week and was shown how to optimise the Logo so it didn't take 4 minutes to load!
As time passed, my interest in the whole technical process grew- I did more training at College: Access to Industry was the first step which became an HNC and finally an HND. Since I graduated, I've spent much of my time learning how to tweak various factors of webpages and regularly add new products to both the UK and Australian websites for
Mendelssohns Pilot Supplies.
Firrhill Centre had a Respite Centre Built a few years ago which adds to the variety of service and the scope which is provided by the Centre Staff. I made the initial map when I was studying my Multimedia HNC with some help from my Teachers. I updated the aerial map to reflect the new Respite Centre Building addition and I added thumbnail pictures of the rooms within the two Buildings to the aerial map. I found the practical & real-life application of skills I was learning at College rewarding- it made the experience more worthwhile.
I still make changes and modify details on the Website when requested by Bill. More recently I created a panning video of Firrhill Building which I've placed on the Firrhill Centre website home page and as internet browsing is typically done more these days using mobile phones and other technologies that are 'internet ready', as a medium, I created the video formats which allow viewing of the video on multiple browsers and on various platforms too.