Front-end Smithery

Keeping Up In Web Design

September 19, 2006

These days the Web is moving faster than most of us can keep up with. Between work and kids and keeping the family boat afloat, I feel like I'm slipping a bit further behind each day. The list of skills I want to acquire or improve on is a long one...and growing: PHP, graphic design, XML, JavaScript, usability testing, project management, Ruby-- You get the idea. I want to master it all. Perferrably now.

What's Next for the Standardistas?

June 6, 2006

Web standards showcases and galleries are closing right and left. The Weekly Standards is gone. Stylegala is for sale. Last month the Web Standards Awards closed up shop. Web standards are more accepted than they've ever been. The tide has begun to turn for CSS. But is this, as Simon Collison has said, "the end of an era...The galleries themselves are now little more than windows into a transitional era of web design"?

Resting, Back Ends and the Web 2.0

April 20, 2006

Lately I've been having a lot of conversations about the Web 2.0, and I have to tell you that, as a designer, it's starting to make me nervous. Not that I don't like the theories and web applications that are being dubbed "Web 2.0." But I can't help giving a little sigh and muttering, "W-ell, here we go again..." Just when I was getting a teeny bit comfortable with my knowledge level, the web changed on me again. Ha! Comfort as a web designer? Perish the thought.

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