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RE: Decorators with keyboards

From: Angela Hilton <angela.hilton@umist.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 08:43:45 +0100
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I agree that many graphic designers just don't grasp the basic concept
of how/why the web works, things along the lines of 'you can't do that
because it won't work in all platforms/browsers' just leaves many with
blank faces; and the most recent [on-going] argument I am having with a
graphic designer is that 'no' you can't use that rare Mac only font as
the body text for your web site......

However I think that Schofield's article smacks of a rant for rant sake.
He seems to have lumped all web sites under one roof and it's my
personal belief that not all web sites should follow the same pattern.
For example in the use of printed media - I would expect an academic
journal to look/feel/read a lot differently to a music or design

Perhaps it could be argued that there are times when 'coolness' is
important - I don't think the average 16 year old looking at some rock
bands web site would expect a google/hotmail/amazon style site - I
suspect that the more fancy, flashy 'cool' stuff there is the better.

Just my rant..

Angela K Hilton
Web & E-Learning Officer
Tel: 0161 200 3389

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Julian Voelcker
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2003 00:43
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Decorators with keyboards

On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 10:13:16 +1200, Mike Brown wrote:
> In fact, most of them are not
> web designers at all: they are graphic designers, or print designers,
> who have strayed into an area they don't understand. They are just
> painters and decorators with keyboards."

I know he has made a number of sweeping generalisations in the article, 
but from my experience dealing with about half a dozen design agencies 
they really don't know enough about the web.

They can come up with innovative designs but these are often spoilt by 
wanting to have rollovers and flash everywhere to give the site more 
interactivity and sadly this always seems to be more important than 
making the content more interesting.

Unfortunately the other issue about the innovative designs is that they 
tend to be so different that users struggle to use them because they 
are unused to the formats.


Julian Voelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom
Received on Friday, 18 July 2003 03:43:51 UTC

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