After messing with BBS's I wrote my first line of HTML ca. 1996 which led me to a scattering of smaller web design jobs.
During my university years in Scotland, before my nine-to-five became game development, I longed to push the web beyond what anyone was doing with it.
I rode the surging wave of blogging in the early 2000s and was lucky to find some interesting projects where I could mix design with code, all of which ultimately led me to Squarespace.
By some stroke of fortune this open source theme developed for WordPress 1.2 may be the most widely used template ever designed, having been in used by millions of sites and ported to over thirty completely different platforms.
Automattic made it the default template with WordPress 1.5 in 2006, a position it kept until 2010 when it was finally retired.