Dude you of people shouldn't be lecturing anybody about design.
Inspired by this comment on yesterday's post, I thought I'd address, who I am, and why I feel qualified to talk about design. I'm a professional graphic designer with almost fourteen years of experience, and I've been doing web design to some extent for more than five years. I started my career at a small chain of sporting goods stores in Washington and Idaho. For four and a half years I worked under the very talented designer who ran their Advertising and Visual Merchandising department. It was the best education I could have gotten. The department of two produced weekly newspaper ads, radio spots, TV commercials, and in-store displays and merchandising. This included the design and construction of some display fixtures. I then worked for six months for a carpet company, designing high end custom carpet. An odd job, but very interesting. It involved the design of custom one-of-a-kind rugs, which were then hand-made from our designs. This was followed by more than six years with a national commercial real estate publisher. For most of that time I was responsible for the training of production editors and designers. When I left I held the position of art director, though the actual job title they used was different. The last complete year I was there my department of three (including myself) was responsible for handling just over 2,300 ads. This included minor edits of existing ads , pre-press processing of client supplied ads, and creation of new advertising. While I was there I initiated a major revision of the production workflow, including a change in the brand style templates and software used. For the last two and a half years, I've been working for a major university in SW Virginia doing both print and web design work. Other random facts:
- I'm a member of NAPP.
- I served on the Administrative Websites Task Force which assisted in the rebranding efforts and website redesign of my university.
- I have worked on projects for professional athletes (active and retired), heads of nationally ranked companies, and one member of a royal family
- During part of my career, my design services were regularly billed at $150-300 per hour.
So yes, I do believe that I am reasonably well qualified to speak on the subject of design. Your should keep in mind though, that this is not in any way a business website. As I say on my homepage "This site is my online sketch book. A place to try new ideas, collect resources for my work, and write about design." This site is not now, and never has been intended to promote me as a freelance designer. It's a place where I try out ideas before I place them into the higher traffic sites that I maintain. The PHP scripts for RSS for instance, that I tried out here not too long ago has since been used in several other places with very good effect. I make no promises that this site will be in perfect working order with a high quality theme at any given time. Sometimes it will, and other times, maybe not. My only real long term goal is to promote discussion about graphic and web design among designers, people who work with designers, and people who should be working with designers. If, in the end, all I do is make people think about design, I'll be happy with that.