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Developers vs Graphic Designers

With some many webdevelopers/ designers/ graphics people all making websites how is a company or anyone for that matter to find someone to make their site?

1. Assuming a WYSIWYG editor can create a great website
Using a program to code your site will only result in jarbled code that no person or search engine, for that matter can understand.  I have times where I was hired to move a website created with such a tool, into a application and it was easier to copy paste, and recode links, etc.

2. Slicing an image in Photoshop and exporting it as an html is “good enough”.
Photoshop does not know that using CSS you can repeat an image several thousand times, which reduces the time a downloading a site takes.  In most cases, graphic designers do not have the knowledge to make optimization choices that can improve a sites speed.

3. A certain software package will make me better.
I have heard this one at to often, people believe that if they use a high end software package they can make sites that are wonderful..

4. Tabled layouts are fine to use for site layout.
Although tables have their time and place, DATA ONLY. Designers believe that using them is the best way to code a site.

Are you a developer or a graphic designer and how do you like dealing with the otherside of the web?


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    1. mgkimsal says:

      Have a look at http://noteandpoint.com/2009/10/10-things-designers-do-that-piss-developers-off-and-vice-versa/ and http://www.viget.com/extend/stop-pissing-off-your-designers/

      I’m more in the ‘developer’ side of the house, and often have mixed feelings about dealing with the ‘other half’. I’m often handed a photoshop file which is literally impossible to recreate *exactly*. And it’s still impossible to recreate sanely while addressing A) memory/size/speed, B) browser compatibility and C) “web standards”. I quoted the web standards thing because there’s people that focus solely on that, and I don’t quite buy in to all that hype. I’ll use tables for layout when it fits the needs of the project. Perhaps when CSS3 is widely adopted in a few more years there’ll be even fewer uses for tables as a layout tool, but right now they still have a place in some situations.