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and leaving aside accusations of 'sweeping' generalisations'...

there seems to be a confusion of terms which are not necessarily
interchangable - developer and designer, and an misconception of what
real design is.

As a designer I would have to say that fitness for purpose and
effectiveness - which include usability in my book - are guiding
principles of design. There are plenty of people out there
'creating/developing/designing' websites with little or no formal design
background in any discipline. Just calling themselves, or being accorded
the title, designer does not make them one.

And it's as likely that the client/boss has insisted on a look and feel,
or design 'features', that any decent designer will have spent an age
trying to talk them out of.

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thank you for that, I feel slightly better now.


adam wrote:

> Because Web designers come more from multimedia and print media than
> software development. Software engineers (the enlightened ones) have learned
> that certain things have to happen through hard knocks. It's taken a long
> time to build up a body of knowledge and best practices around software
> development, but it does exist. Web developers aren't that interested in
> what's been learned. They love to "push the envelope" and "be on the cutting
> edge." They have a lot of "the old rules don't apply anymore" in their
> attitude. Have a look in the "Web programming" or "Web design" section of
> your local bookstore and you'll find lots of technical books, lots of
> artistic books, but almost nothing about usability and/or project
> management. Those books are all in the "software engineering" section.
> It's also true that there has been very little to keep Web designers and
> developers in check. ....

Martin Bull
Head of Official Publications
University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK
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