Redesigning a Blog is about Communicating with the Designer

So it makes sense that these tips on how to redesign a blog are really about how to communicate with a designer. Because good communication is essential to having a good experience doing a redesign.

Results of a survey I took part in are now available. Here is a list of the other bloggers who participated.

Dude you of people shouldn't be lecturing anybody about design.

I was reading How to Change the World by Guy Kawasaki today, and came upon something unexpected. Insight into graphic design.

The Curse of Knowledge. Lots of research in economics and psychology shows that when we know something, it becomes hard for us to imagine not knowing it. As a result, we become lousy communicators. Think of a lawyer who can't give you a straight, comprehensible answer to a legal question. His vast knowledge and experience renders him unable to fathom how little you know.

Good graphic design isn't complicated. Even fairly complex designs are, at their base, simple communication. While web design can be more technically challenging, it's also just a form of communication. An aspect of design that's often overlooked is this communication. You use the best paper, you've checked the latest color trends, your layout is perfect... does it communicate clearly? I'm passionate about design, but the wrong design can be worse than no design at all.

The Online Photographer is linking to a Slate post called Can photographers be plagiarists? by David Segal. I'm not a legal scholar, but as an artist I think the answer would be yes. I think the standard for proof of this charge should be set very high, but at some point there is a line that shouldn't be crossed. Letting an artists work inspire you is one thing, but an outright copy is another. Take the Nanpu bridge photographs for instance.

I've recently been playing with a free PHP Script. I'm incorporating a little of the dynamic content of the blog into the main page (since removed in an update) using a PHP script pulling in the RSS feed. It's a very user friendly set-up. The documentation leaves a little to be desired, and the sample template had to be completely redone for my use, but the actual script is quite impressive. If you're looking for this sort of thing, it's well worth your time.

Kathy Marks has a great post today called What's Love Got to Do with It?

And because it's the web - and alive and changing everyday - you can never stop studying it, but must always be ready to turn on a dime and take up anything new that comes along. To accomplish all that takes drive and the will to excel. It takes passion

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:

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