Web Designers Suck
Web Design. Used to actually carry some respect when it was said.
Then the dot com bomb hit and now we laugh. The "become a bartender"
commercial was replaced with "become a web designer."
So here is a few reasons why I hate to call myself a web designer.
Face it. HTML is pretty damn easy. Kids are pumping out HTML in
an extent that you don’t even need to know the code in order
to do the things it is mostly used for. Cascading style sheets are
becoming part of this intuitive interface. Server side scripting
is even easy enough to lose all bragging rights amongst coding geeks.
So when someone tells me they are a web designer I am usually not
impressed. They are pumping "Web Designers" out in 6 months
at the local Web Development Tech school. "But a site needs
to look cool as well," I hear some Mac user whispering…
Ok I will grant that a site needs to have presence. But get over
your little creative artsy fartsy pride. Color composition and Typography
are no secret kung fu. Accept it, any reasonably creative person
with nominal computer skills can build you a website. Website design
Here is what sets me apart. I know the industry. I punched BASIC
in elementary school. A decade ago I was implementing industrial
strength software into a manufacturing environment. I have taught
children how to make computer animations. I can stand in a server
room and point out what pieces do what and why. I get the geek "ooh"
at an LED light that is unusually colored. I have spent hours with
the public setting their system up to the Internet through various
types of connections. I have an understanding of UNIX, Linux, NT,
and 2000 with a particular focus on how they serve the web. That’s
just a base of knowledge.
I was surfing the Internet long before it had pictures and I know
where it has been, where it is at and all the places they talk about
it going to. I study the usability research and the current web
statistics. I understand the architecture of information and how
a user interfaces with it. While the recent Tech School grad was
getting picked on in the playground I was helping to set the standards
that he now takes for granted. That’s why I think "Web