People persist on creating pixel maps. That’s what they’re used to do - something that doesn’t scare them. Pixels are static, attitudes are static and both entering the dynamic world. This can make dizzy - just as using an escalator - backwards, pissed.
- Content vs. Items
- Text vs. Pixel
- Dynamic vs. Static
- Usability vs. Appearance
- CSS vs. PNG
- DIV vs. Tables
and all the rest I forgot.
I’m not a professional. I’m doing web and all this design stuff behind my time (yes - I do have a regular job - often off design, it’s just one part of it).
For exactly this reason, I needed (and still do) a very strong time management.
So I swallowed everything and all to shorten it. I restricted myself to the very basics - Walter would call it a “Just Work”.
The biggest difference to the past is, that we create semantics and content these days. When I started doing web-design, a webpage was literally a pixel map - nothing else:
Borders had been pixel, shadows, backgrounds - colors and even text had been pixels - content was reduced to “keywords and description” which was very easy to manipulate.
So often enough, a web page was just an adaption of the latest flyer we created for clients - nothing else. This was easy stuff - slicing psd files mostly.
This had been the golden days of WYSIWYG - and we were in-mid. But from the very first beginning I knew, that placing stuff wherever I want is comfortable - but not efficient. Corrections had been a pain in butt whenever client said:
I need one line more!
So I decided to dive in that demonized quirks mode - and did hard (although I had an excellent screencast resource). I was shocked, how high the shitstorm level was, when you named it: “BoxModel”.
This was in 2010 or so - even a year earlier - can’t remember exactly. But this gave me a mass of new tools and insights.
The interesting part is:
A big bunch of Freeway-users complaining, it’s hard to crack to use, are way longer member of this board than me (2009). I simply wonder what they did during all this time (except of ignorance and damnation).
In early 2012, there had been a thread here where we tried to start to deal with Responsive Design in Freeway - better said:
Walter, Ernie and me.
The result of this “first responsive Freeway page ever” is still alive:
Today - different talents are required:
Good authoring - nice typographer - analyst and project manager because we’re creating responsible design.
Things never depend on a specific app or tool - but feels so good to know having an app that allowed me doing nearby everything - even still WYSIWYG - a new, slightly different golden age of it. Perhaps.
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