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Re: [css-d] What happened to design?

Sent by Chris Casciano on 25 January 2002 17:05

on 1/25/02 4:33 PM, Ben Nunn at [EMAIL-REMOVED] wrote:

>> Is anyone else using CSS like this?  Will strong use of CSS bring about
>> a new standard of design?  I'm interested in hearing other thoughts.
> I think a large part of the problem (if indeed lack of takeup _is_ a prob)
> is that many companies - certainly all I've worked for - lump CSS in with
> coding and development, and the design ideas are given over to the graphic
> design department, who don't have a clue about CSS, JS, HTML, W3C standards
> etc. and all they want to know is how should their PSDs be sliced up.
> I love the idea of CSS as a tool for inspiration and creativity, but will
> this vision take off as a true artistic talent? Unlikely at least until a
> big expensive wysiwig/wizard-based css application comes on the market.

Well Ben, as the author of the article in question I have seen quite a few
people who feel this way. In many cases I do as well, but in many ways
people working corporate gigs wasn't the audience I had in mind for the
article. If you take a look at some of the work I've linked to in the piece
it falls into a category of work where exploration has always played a major
role. Within that demographic I don't believe the state of editors is an
issue. From my experiences the tools have always been a bit behind.

What I do expect to happen is a snowball effect that starts with a very
small percentage of folks pushing the envelope and going beyond the
simplicity of a 3 column layout with well formatted text. I think as the
more visual inclined among us just see that interesting things can be done
(rather then read that it might be) they might be more inclined to
experiment for themselves.

Yes, it is very much a chicken and the egg situation. The article was just
trying to start things moving.

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