Tuesday 13 December 2005
ALL OF MY PICKS for the best Web Design and Development contributions of 2005 are completely biased, based solely on the people who have mentored, motivated and inspired me personally this year. So yes, they are all my friends.
Since that definition includes so many, I’m going to follow the leader of the pack and limit my picks to four categories: Blog, Design, Book, and Special Achievement.
Let me find my sparkly wrap and we’re off . . .
Pick of Blogs 2005
Contenders include Douglas Bowman for his thoughtfulness, Tantek Çelik because of his focus on problem-solving with real solutions, Andy Clarke for his wit and willingness to learn openly, Dean Edwards because he’s very, very clever; Dave Shea as he’s precise and broad in his interests, and Roger Johansson because he’s so generous with his knowledge.
My pick for best blog, however, must go to Eric Meyer. Eric shares his skills, his perceptions and his life with grace, honesty and his own brand of cynical humor. I’ve followed and been part of his career, been made a member of his family and he has never, ever let me down. I follow Eric’s blog because no matter the content, he always teaches me so much.
Best Blog: meyerweb
Pick of Design 2005
Choosing a standout design isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to matching great design with great markup and CSS. I’ve been drawn to many designers within the CSS Zen Garden, largely because I’ve focused on that site as a great example when I write and teach.
My pick for best design goes to Andy Clarke’s own blog site, And All that Malarkey. The blog’s design is fresh, unique and doesn’t fall into the fixed and centered trends and traps we saw all year. The multiple IE / MOSe versions make the design all the more compelling. It’s been extraordinarily useful as a showcase for progressive enhancement. Clarke’s blog design showcases the rich content of the site and while it draws from many aspects of magazine style publishing, it works well for the Web, too.
Andy warrants best design because he gets “it” – the essence of making standards-based design look delicious, communicate a clear message, and function well. He is the quintessential Web designer. He is visual, smart with markup and CSS, experimental, and he’s a passionate advocate, consummate professional and full of love and respect for everyone with whom he interacts.
Best Design: Andy Clarke.
Pick of Books 2005
I am confident that Rachel Andrew writes books that far more people should read. I would give her best book but I’m going to be very selfish and nominate one of my own instead.
That book would have to be The Zen of CSS Design. I’m not nominating this because of me, really. Zen succeeds because it is a beautiful book, an honest book, and a book that captures the passion of 2005. That beauty would never have been possible without the vision and hard work of Dave Shea.
It’s because of Zen, the positive experience of working as co-author with Dave and getting to know many of the designers involved that I was most inspired in everything I worked on for the remainder of 2005.
Best Book: Zen of CSS Design
Special Achievement Award
In this category there are thousands. It’s every individual who makes up the communities based in and extended from the social aspects of the Web. For me, it’s always about the discussion, the relationships, and the growth.
So for me, the Achievement Award must broadly acknowledge every single person who is participating in moving the Web forward with passion, pride and positive thought.
My Special Achievement Award goes to you.
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