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

M. Seyon evoltlist at delime.com
Fri Mar 11 09:12:35 CST 2005

Message from Joshua Olson (3/11/2005 10:45 AM)

>A designer could be thought more of as the architect, and neither the
>engineers who plan the implementation nor the contractors who build the
>house.  Architects understand the limitations of physics, but want to create
>something innovation yet appropriate for the budget and target market.
>Analogize this with good web designers... they understand the limitations of
>the medium (pixels, browser widths, etc) and understand the tenets of
>usability, but shouldn't be hampered by the box model hacks, lack of opacity
>in Opera, the 3-pixel jog bug in IE, or any of the other BS associated with
>implementing.  Let designers do what they do... create appropriate solutions
>to the client's needs from a purely visual standpoint... then let the
>engineers do what they do... make the designer's vision a reality.

What happens if the architect (designer) puts the toilet smack dab in the 
middle of the room surrounded by 50 feet of solid concrete on all six sides?

Yes, it's unrealistic. But so is your original notion of a designer with 
absolutely no knowledge of CSS. The reality would generally be somewhere in 
the middle.

And knowing CSS shouldn't be considered a crutch that will lead to a 
disgruntled designer. It's a poor designer indeed who lets extra knowledge 
inhibit his creativity.


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