Nine skills that separate good and great designers
~ 29 September 2006 ~
Last Friday I had the pleasure of presenting “Essential Web Skills” at Webmaster Jam Session in Dallas, Texas. It was a veritable blast, and the conference organizers were certainly a pleasure to work with. I won’t delve into a lengthy play-by-play coverage of the proceedings; Andy Budd seems to have done so nicely.
Without blatant disregard to humility, I’d like to think I delivered the most effective presentation I’ve given to date, but one never knows for sure just how well a topic resonates with the audience.
On that note, available for your perusal (and judgement) are audio/slide files from the presentation. NOTE: There’s a lot of silence on the audio, like 10 mins worth, at the beginning.
- iTunes audio
- .mp3 at webjamsession.com
- Slide deck (.pdf, 11 MB)
- BONUS: Quicktime movie of slide 31 (recipe iterations)
The crux of the session were comparisons of good and great designers, structured along the lines of previous articles I’ve written: Good designers (blank), Great designers (blank). Following is a recap of the 9 skills presented.
- Believe “less” is more
- Fix problems
- Are inspired within a genre
- Treat text as content
- Use good typefaces
- Code for one instance
- Believe “less” and “more” co-exist
- Prevent problems
- Are inspired by their total environment
- Treat text as UI
- Use good typography
- Code for many instances
Download the audio and slide deck if you’d like to learn more.
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