& Review * Features_ * Robin
* Talking About Web Design
As soon as I got my hands on Robin Williams' new "Web Design Workshop"
book, I knew it was high time to invite Robin back for another visit in the pages
of the Design Center's WebDesign & Review department. I was very lucky
to catch her between books, speaking engagements and her busy schedule, and we carved
out enough time for the following chat.
Web Design Workshop
___ Rather than the usual interview, or promo for the
book, we chatted about some important issues that have been brought up in the CAFE
and WebDesign discussion lists.
A substantial percentage of the sites that are submitted to us for review (by site
owners and designers alike) reveal a serious lack of the stuff that makes great web
design great. While the sites may be well designed, and well implemented, too often
they miss the target because something in the pre-design process was forgotten or
neglected. And, as Robin so eloquently states:
The phrase 'web design' is a short way of saying
"design, programming, technology awareness, and information architecture, not
to mention expertise in web software applications and human relations"
The part about "human relations" rings with profound truth because as the
internet evolves, so do our client's expectations as to what a web designer is supposed
to do. It all has to do with the client/designer/reader relationship that is so important
in launching a successful web site. Which brings us to our chat with Robin Williams...
NOTE: Web sites that Robin references in this
interview are linked at the end of the article.
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