Sunday 13 August 2006
I am an optimist. I know the web is worthy of more than my limitations. It’s worthy of more than your limitations.
Yet I fail the web daily.
Shake this down, my friends:
- Education. Education for web professionals is a premium, not an expected expense. Yet, education is about resources. If we don’t empower educators, we are all doomed.
- Tools. We have a growing selection of tools, but we have to learn to master them. No web design tool at this time is a fix-it-all solution for us as designers or developers. I know designers and developers who are optimistic regarding the next generation of tools, which will come to us via Adobe and Microsoft. What do you think? How can Adobe and Microsoft help you better?
- CSS. You know what, CSS is really fucking hard. I wish I could say this more gently. I can’t. I understand a lot about CSS. Some of the most difficult concepts I can explain to you. I can teach you CSS ’til your eyes are a different color but here’s something I can’t do: I can’t teach you to make beautiful sites. As much as I know technically doesn’t make me a designer.
- Workflow. I think our problems workflow-wise are better solved by looking at iterative cycles. We have to take a broader look. The economic, social, and technical realities come into play. I like the word iterative. I think of doing something wonderful and helpful again and again. Now that feels good!
Have I failed the web? Have you?
A bigger question for my tribe and then some: Are we failing the web? What do you think? About browsers? CSS? The W3C? Yourselves?