I enjoyed reading this article at erisfree's website. It's a 4 part series entitled 'How to care for your designer...'
For those of you who are looking to bring out the best in your web designer, whether he/she is a permanent staff or a freelancer, I think you will benefit greatly from reading the entire series. Oh, I like the anatomy of a web designer's brain. :-)
Web Designer Care
This is the final section of your Web Designer’s Manual. You can reference back to this manual at any time during your experience with your new purchase. The final section of your Web Designer’s manual includes smal bits of random advice, questionable definitions and strange diagrams.
Glossary and Key Words.
Very Brief Definitions.
the structure and organization of your site, labeling, navigation and other cues to help users orient themselves.
enabling the most users to perform the tasks needed to navigate your site and gather info in an efficient and easy way.
coding to xhtml and css validity, ensuring that site works and is usable across various browsers, pdas and feeds.
offering alternative methods of usability for those in older browsers, screen readers and other limited options.
wrong word to describe this particular career path. See also, Boris and his insight:
” “Web designer” is certainly a misnomer in many situations, just as “homepage” is misused. But then look around.. look at all the really, really cool weblogs, for instance, done by bona fide “web designers” ... these guys and gals are not merely graphic designers, though perhaps trained as such, they are workers of the XHTML and CSS … This means they not only need to know and be graceful with colors, shapes and layouts, but semantic markup and attribution tables (to hook up the css) as well… not to mention be aware of CHI principles, human psychology… to make beautiful AND usable AND technically valid sites.
THEN, put these people alone or in small groups into an economic ecosystem and they start having to know sales, accounting, etc … and since many of the neighboring species in this ecosystem are marketing people … what is the number one breadwinner of the small/independent web designer? Marketing websites! ...
Now these folks have to be up to snuff on marketing principles, ESPECIALLY how they apply to online media…
And the sad reality is that 99% of potential clients out there, know NONE of this (especially the marketing folks… a dumber breed I have never met… below even the MBA’s), so the web designer must.”
Strange Diagram #1
This triangle represents a balance of issues within your project in a very simplified form. Most of the time you can only have two of these options at the expense of the third option.
You can have it Cheap and Fast, but not Good
You can have it Cheap and Good, but not Fast
You can have it Good and Fast, but not Cheap
Strange Diagram #2
This is a visual representation of your new Web Designer’s brain and the various plug-ins that are installed. Reference Step #2 for further information.
This concludes your New Web Designer’s Care Manual.
Please enjoy your new product! You are on your way to a very rewarding experience with your new Web Designer!
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