[thelist] Are you designing with CSS and web standards?

Joshua Olson joshua at waetech.com
Thu Mar 10 22:52:14 CST 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Johnston
> Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 11:21 PM
>  I just don't think
> anyone should be considered an excellent designer if they have no
> knowledge of CSS.


What does being an "excellent designer" have to do with knowing CSS?  Isn't
making a usable and appealing visual design the only real requirement?  

These questions may sound rhetorical.. but they're not.  I've never factored
in knowledge of CSS when looking at a designers portfolio.  I just want to
see "pretty pictures" and be ooohh'd and aaahhh'd by their brilliance.

I've tried to argue about "knowing CSS allows you to design within the
limitations of CSS and make designs that are actually implementable."  After
a lot of introspection I began to realize the fallacy of that particular
argument... namely, it's hinders the creativity of the designer (which means
disgruntled designer... which we don't want) and lends itself to "blogish"
looking sites.  I'd rather have a designer puke their
vision--unadulterated--onto the page and let the CSS guru's figure out how
to implement it.

Joshua Olson
Web Application Engineer
WAE Tech Inc.

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