HTML like it’s 1993

Students learn basic computer programming language concepts through building an HTML website from scratch. The purpose of this exercise was to open up the possibilities of ‘web’ screens and interfaces – not to lock them down with right and wrong, good and bad. Instead, to begin thinking of themselves as makers, as doers within ‘digital cultures’ – not followers of what’s already out there. I want them to experiment, create, mess around. By making it purposefully ugly, something from the past, something funny- the pressure is off. Perfection is no longer necessary. It can just be fun. From the ugliness of 1993 HTML comes the beauty of possibility and play.More on the pedagogy behind this project