I got my first computer in 2005 while I was living in a tent in New Orleans. I’d been spending my graveyard nights washing laundry for sewage & water workers, Red Cross volunteers, flood victims, and soldiers. I needed something to do between shifts on the days that I’d lost the race against the sun to sleep before the tent would become a sauna and drifting off was impossible.
So I ordered a laptop and when it arrived I loaded up the itunes library with Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, pirated a copy of Dreamweaver, and proceeded to skim tutorials on web design. One of the first design rules I learned was to keep all important information “above the fold”, which means the area that the user can see without having to scroll down.
A lot has changed since then. For one thing, people don’t mind scrolling anymore.