Right Development

I really push for standards on the Web. My goal is to do things right, and with the highest quality possible. I am not satisfied with just that though.

When most of what is done on the Web is a stretch, or hack of what was originally intended when HTML and CSS were first conceived, how do we know the right way of using them while designing and developing Web sites? Validating with the W3C would be the easy answer, but I don’t think that addresses the the full scope of the future of the Web. Continue reading

Post Web Standards

PWG DesignEveryone in the Web community has their niche. That thing, or for some who make the rest of us look dumb, things that they are really good at. For some it is information architecture, or social network marketing, or front-end CSS/(X)HTML layout, or database engineering, and others it is Flash Action Scripting, or back-end Ruby on Rails development. The list could really go on and on, but you get the point.

What’s strange is that you get the point, but many of these people who are highly skilled in a particular field don’t get it. They are still striving to be the “Web Master”; Jack of all trades in the Web design/development industry. They want to be all things to all people; the one-stop-design-shop, and they don’t want to say, “That’s not my expertise. Let me recommend you to someone else.” In some cases I think it is pride (not being able to admit they aren’t perfect), and in other cases I think it is fear (afraid they may miss out on a job, and what if another one doesn’t come along). Whatever their reason, they need to recognize that everyone’s skills are needed for developing on the Web today. Continue reading

Design To Communicate

I understand what it means to design effectively on the Web. Like any medium for communication, there are often many ways to get the message across, but there is always a way that is most effective and efficient. Too often I am approached by a client asking, “how much to design a Web site?”, or “can you make me a Web site that looks like this?” In both these questions the focus is on cost or capabilities, but they don’t address the value or purpose the Web site is to have or serve. Continue reading