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The Graphic Design Relationship

Steven at SpyderBlog had a really good comment on my last post. I started to answer it in the comment section, but it soon became clear that it needed more significant attention. I quoted the The Design Constitution which says, in part:

The Design Constitution

You could argue, as some of the commenters do, that his isn't workable. Who cares? This is far and away the best demonstration of the proper interaction between designer and client that I've seen. For me, it's more important as an ideal than as a workable plan. Once the ideal is defined, then a workable subset of these rules can be made. When no ideal exists, what do you work towards? The Design Constitution

CSS - Keep it simple

Cascading style sheets (CSS) can be simple, complex, convoluted beyond belief. While CSS is the backbone of modern web design, it's not fully understood by a lot of people using it. I constantly see CSS with significantly more code than is necessary. More isn't always better. I've always thought it was better to just clearly define what you want and be done with it. Consider this CSS:

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Design Immaturity

Indi Young at TechSoup.org had an interesting post yesterday called Is Your Home Page Immature?

So how can you tell if your organization isn't using its home page to best advantage? One symptom is a failure to trust your own navigation and architecture systems to direct customers to valuable information.

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Got Bandwidth?

How fast does your site load? One of the most common problems I see with web pages is slow load speed. Most often the problems that are slowing the site down are easily fixable. Unoptimized images, too many images, too many scripts, and way too many domain lookups. Amitav Roy at Web Design And Graphic Design has a great post on this today called Tips on Fast Loading Web pages. A must read for any web designer.

There are always corrections

I found an interesting post by the Grammar Girl's called Correcting Other People's Grammar today. One aspect of graphic design that is always underestimated by designers and clients alike is corrections. Clients always think that their supplied copy is perfect, graphic designers know better. Graphic designers know that our design is flawless, customers disagree.

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The Right Approach

I saw something at writerus drivelus this morning that got me thinking.

Stop trying to be 'right' and just do something that works. The implication being, go back to tables; it's a simple page requiring a simple solution.

On Being Negative

As I've said before negative space is a very underutilized aspect of graphic design. So when I see good writing on that subject, it catches my eye. This morning I spotted an article by Mark Boulton on A List Apart. Mr. Boulton's Whitespace article covers many of the different ways that whitespace is used in modern design. From Direct Mail:

On Proofing

I've been thinking a lot about proofing lately. It's something that comes up often. As a graphic designer, and as a blogger, my work is always under the scrutiny of others. Whether it's design critics, superiors, or my own proofreaders, everyone seems to look over my work. Never the less, things get missed. Are you a designer, writer, or blogger? Here are a few ideas that have come up over the years to help keep my work free of errors. Proofreading

Firefox - Saved Form Data

Have you ever mistyped something in a data form in Firefox? How about submitted something on a form that you'll never need again? When you go to enter information in a form, does it gives you a long list of suggestions, when you regularly only use one entry? Now you can clear out the bad or outdated form entries, without clearing all of your form data. Delete one saved form item at a time.