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Designers who can't code

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With all the old 'architects don't need to know how to do the plumbing' arguements. True, but they better know how a person sits on a toilet or their designs aren't going to work.

To restate my position, as a web builder, I don't care if the designer handing me a .psd knows about the double margin float bug. What I do care about is that they know not to shove tiny lorem ipsum into a fixed height layout. They must understand what happens when the browser, content or font size scales, and design for it. 

All to often design decisions have to be made after the comp is approved. When it's a developer making those decisions, the designer has failed. 

If I have to ask whether a design will be centered in the browser, or what happens when the copywriter gives me a headline with more than two words, their failure has nothing to do with ignorance of CSS.

Designing with lorem ipsum in Photoshop is a flawed process, and it's beyond that the designer doesn't know CSS, it all to often shows the designer has a weak knowledge of the medium itself.

Things I need to read

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"Ketchup is a slim jQuery Plugin that validates your forms."

Pros And Cons Of 3 Popular CSS Meta Frameworks "Frameworks like 960 and Blueprint focus on how things look and where they are placed on a page. [Meta] Frameworks like SASS and Less focus on the logical representation of styles and the augmentation of the CSS language."

Wow, there's a whole lot more going on about HTML5 politics than I want to know about. The Widening HTML5 Chasm.

And why didn't I know that there was a CSSquirrel Comic? SVGorillas and rgba jokes!

Some links

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MT problems have basically killed this blog. I'm in the process of rebuilding it in Wordpress. In the meantime, in between time, here are some links.

January 14th is jQuery's birthday. They're celebrating with 14 Days of jQuery

In Defense of Lorem Ipsum. "Thinking you'll solve your content strategy problem by signing a purity pledge that you'll never use Lorem Ipsum is like saying 'you're a crapass designer and the solution is you should quit using drop shadows.' "

Optimizing HTML This article clears a few thing up about commenting scripts, using unnecessary or default attributes, especially thing like 'meta http-equiv'. Personally, saving a byte or two (or as the article stresses - just keeping things slightly cleaner) by removing a few characters here and there is not nearly as important as figuring out how much impact the tons of frameworks, libraries, ad network delivery and analytic add-ons have on real world pages. 

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