Welcome! I’m Adam Walter, a front-end web developer and designer living in the coastal town of Rowley, Massachusetts. I’m currently the Director of Development at Vital, a digital agency in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park
Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park

I grew up in Essex, Massachusetts surrounded by the scent of salt marsh, fried clams, and antique furniture. 37 years later, I’m still living here in Boston’s North Shore and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

In the late 1980s, my family’s first computer was a TI-99/4A. It was primarily a gaming console for us, but you could also write fun little programs in TI BASIC. I used to spend hours inputting code, one line at a time, which would do little more than make the screen change colors or make bleep bloop noises. I was having fun but didn’t take any of it too seriously.

When the Internet exploded in the late 1990s, I was immediately drawn into online fan communities for film, television, and music. It was the age of Geocities, AOL, IRC, and web rings. I wanted to make my own fan sites so I started learning HTML and eventually discovered the magic of CSS thanks to the CSS Zen Garden. However, web development was little more than a hobby in my mind.

After I graduated high school, I pursued a degree in computer engineering but quickly found myself struggling with it. I came to the realization that I don’t have a very analytical mind, so I switched my focus to something more creative: graphic design. However, I also knew I wasn’t an artist, so it took me a while to find a balance between the analytical and the creative. What came out of it was combining my foundations in graphic design and typography with my coding and web development skills, plus a healthy dose of love for the web.

Today is a very exciting time to be working on the web. It has changed so much in the last 20 years, not just because of new technologies, but the way in which those technologies are reshaping many of the things we do on a daily basis and how we live our lives. It’s certainly a challenge to keep up-to-date with everything changing as fast as it is, but I’m incredibly passionate about what I do and love keeping myself engaged.

Maasai Village, Amboseli, Kenya
Maasai Village, Amboseli, Kenya

When my head’s not buried in code, you’ll finding me spending quality time with my fabulous wife and our cat, Pixel. I love to travel and be exposed to new sights, sounds, and people. I’m also a big music junkie and love a wide range of genres from Rachmaninoff to Led Zeppelin.

After you’ve had a chance to browse some of the articles on my site, please follow me on Twitter. If you’re a developer, check out my activities on CodePen and GitHub!

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