About the Author
Hi, I’m Paul Howson the author of this website.
I live in Warwick, a country town in the Darling Downs of Queensland, Australia. Warwick is famous as the home of the Warwick Rodeo, claimed to be the longest running annual rodeo in Australia.
I grew up mainly in Melbourne, Australia, with a few years spent also in Albury and Perth. Childhood interests were influenced by a family culture that revolved around my father’s professional life in theatre, film making, radio, television and electronics. I also loved making things in our home workshop — with an enduring interest in electronics, which led onto my studying and graduating in Electrical Engineering from Monash University in the 1970s.
In the late 1970s I joined a small publishing organisation which had their own electronic typesetting equipment. This kindled an interest in design, which has been my main area of work for over 30 years.
I initially gained experience in graphic design and print production — starting in the era of manual paste-up and darkroom work and continuing right through to the sophisticated software tools of the present day.
With the arrival of the Macintosh and Laserwriter circa 1985–86, I spent my meagre savings on these magical and constantly evolving new toys which revolutionised graphic design.
I started developing websites in the mid 1990s and this aspect of design has now eclipsed design for print. As a website developer, I benefitted from my parallel career in computer programming.
My interest in computer programming started while still at high school, learning a simple dialect of Fortran (using punch cards) offered for high schools by Monash University.
The interest in programming was kindled again circa 1979 when I joined a colleague developing mine-modelling software for mines in Broken Hill, Australia.
In the early 1990s I was developing custom software for the Macintosh using Think C.
Around 1996, I began using Userland Frontier as a Content Management System for static websites. I also developed in Frontier a rule-based translation system for xml documents. This was almost a year before XSL became a practical tool.
In the early 2000s I decided to develop some ideas I’d had for software applications (see the Structured Editing blog on this website).
Currently I spread my professional time between graphic design, website development, web applications and desktop software development. Being able to span both the design and programming disciplines is an advantage.
Yoga and Education Interests
While at university, I took up the study of Yoga with the Monash University Yoga Society. Classes were conducted by teachers from the Yoga Education Centre, in Chapel Street, St Kilda.
The study of Yoga became a life-long interest and had a significant influence on my career choices.
Along with many others, I have also been a contributor to the establishment and growth of the innovative School of Total Education, a Prep to Year 12 school in Warwick, Queensland.
The tdgq.com.au was originally registered for my company The Design Group Queensland. That entity no longer exists, but the domain remains. One day I’ll think of a new name that fits the domain.