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Or what makes you scream when designing a website? limited tools? inappropriate software? poor web standards, this is quite a open question, so tell me your problem

Being a web designer myself, I just want to focus on creating eye-candy websites. However, the technologies just make me mad. Mine is: crappy IE6 (non-standard, no PNG, slow), Adobe Creative Suites is damn expensive, too much technical skills required (i mean the server side programming languages)...

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For such a young industry that's changing so fast, I'm surprised that things work as well as they do, what I do find frustrating is that visual design still isn't taking advantage of the possibilities of the flexibility that is inherent in a 'web page'.

It's also frustrating that we have an industry where anyone can build a website, but very few can build and design a website well, which means the people buying website design and build services from professionals therefore have a very low expectation of the cost of building one, but very high expectations for its performance and function.

It also frustrates me that we don't really have a proper understanding and terminology to describe the roles required to build a proper website: visual design; information architecture; usability and development (front end and server side) are all very different skill sets, yet we try and encompass them all as 'web design'

Those are some of the things that run through my mind when I'm working...

Answered over 9 years ago by Tony Crockford

What bothers me the most is:

The lack of interaction design in web design. People concentrate on features and pixelperfection but forgets about the users interaction and the cognitive friction of the interface.

Users make mistakes when using it just because it's so damn difficult to understand and use.

The other thing is the lack of understanding about accessibility in both the design- and technical process. Failing to make content accessible to as many people (and machines) as possible is failing doing your job as a professional web producer.

There is a solution to all this off course. Helping each other understand and prioritize this through setting a good example and spreading the word.

Answered over 9 years ago by Jens Hedqvist

What drives me crazy?:

Competing browsers that aren't on the same page. The fact that developers have to deal with their "madness", meanwhile, it's really about how we as developers have to deal with it. We are completely shut out of the process of creating/maintaining/improving these browsers so that they are usable by EVERYONE (including those that need more accessibility).

That there are no REAL platform-independent browsers. I think a browser should operate the same way regardless of the platform it runs on, and all browsers should have common functionality. The only thing that should set browsers apart are the bells and whistles they carry.

Tables vs. CSS arguments drive me nuts.

I agree with Jens when it comes to interactivity in web design. Part of that, I think, is in the way browsers are made. Another reason is there need to be more players in the game of web programming development platforms. Flash, Silverlight, jQuery/Javascript, PHP and the like are a good start. But more players would put a fire under the feet of the big companies to make an even better product.

Companies need to let old browsers die. IE6 is ten years old this year. That's 175 years old to you and me. It has to go.

Answered over 9 years ago by tahdhaze09
  • I have to agree with the table vs. css stuff. The perfect balance on when and where to use them both is the solution. I think purists are really blind to see the benefit of the two. voidnothings over 9 years ago
  • That's risky to say that tables are still of any use... I haven't seen anything in tables I couldn't do twice faster, ten times more accurately and with a twenty times less code. There's no argument to use tables, except for generating tables of data... Again, It's a starting point for a discussion... cyrylski over 9 years ago

What annoys me most about web design is the mock-up and demo process, especially if someone else designs it and shows you a PSD. This really goes back to what everyone has said about the different browsers. When someone gives you a PSD you have to make every page look like that, which can mean wasting tons of time trying to get a pure CSS menu that someone else did to work in IE6 (I know from personal experience, haha).

However, the fact of the matter is that most of the people that use IE just don't know any better, and on top of that they are used to looking at crappy sites. Hopefully one day they will see the same site on Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, and wonder why the web looked so ugly for so long.

Being that these people are so used to seeing square edges and flat colors, that's what we should give them. I was reading this article Ignorance is Bliss, and it explains a new way to mock-up websites and demos for clients. Sadly, in an agency setting, this isn't always the best/most economical way to do things, but hopefully it will be. All I know is that I personally try not to show a PSD when I can show a mock-up in the browser.

Answered over 9 years ago by David Leininger


Answered over 9 years ago by Gary Hepting