taking some classes in graphic design doesn't hurt either. being in an
environment with other people working on the same assignment and
everybody doing something different makes you start asking the killer of
all questions: "what if i...". what if i put this here instead of here
(save as) or what if i used this color and this font (save as). what if
i used buttons (save as)? what if i used text links (save as)? what if
i start over (ctrlA, delete)?
i am not a programmer, i have a degree in fine art. i am learning
programming and lists like this help me tremendously. design is a
feeling. one programs on the left side of the brain; one designs on the
right side. getting there sometimes is a challenge. there are some
graphic design lists on yahoo groups. some are open, some aren't.
"web sites that work" by roger black (adobe press) is a book i highly
recommend. i even have potential clients read the book to get a better
understanding of what they want. i use the book like a wand to clarify
a murky mind and dispel any "flashy" ideas.
too many people today want "glitz" on their site. a web designer has to
understand web visitation trends. a designer has to understand the
"catch" theory. some schools can disseminate this kind of information.
books are good, but nothing beats the classroom environment with a
working professional to make these notions clear.
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