The web design industry has seen a massive number of important players. While they may not be as famous as rock stars or as glamorous as Hollywood actors, their influence is still just as far-reaching even if it’s often unseen. So let’s take the time to give some credit where it’s due and talk about 5 hidden heroes of web design.
Little is known about this Englishwoman in Bristol, UK, except that she’s considered an expert by the W3C and Google. She has authored 22 books on web development. Topics range from technical subject matter to more theoretical problems. She’s Editor-In-Chief of Smashing Magazine, a huge hub for designers and developers alike. She’s an Invited Expert to the CSS Working group, just like Lea Verou, but was also involved with the Web Standards Project.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
The native Londoner, born in 1955, is most notable for the development of…well, the entire Internet. No list would be complete without him, even though it’s difficult to call him a “hidden hero,” especially considering that he’s been knighted. He’s received the Turing Award and other accolades for his pioneering work on the web and the HTTP that allows it to work. Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, which still oversees web standards and protocols. Berners-Lee has been bestowed with numerous awards and is the only reason designers like us have anything to do with ourselves!