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Response to Identity video

2 Mar

Identity crisis- what do we call ourselves?

Involved in the evolution of the Internet we borrowed from software for user experience and usability. We headed towards a mature successful specialized industry. He stresses that there is value in assessing where we are and where we have been. Evolution of specialization- need to create hybridity. He notes different career paths, web design path- design aesthetics, web developer path-programs no interest in aesthetics, print design- start in production work (how design gets made- strengths and limitations of media), industrial design- more sever knowledge of looks and function (design and engineer elegantly). Paths may be separate but the impact is inevitable. Design and build are integrated- especially in web- code is object. Designbuild

Designer or developer- our identity?

Job titles what we call ourselves is external/ not internal but they are how we communicate what we do in the world, so they are important. Needed for other job opportunities.

Now and days people come out with job titles already formed rather than in the past where people had to try many things. Creating a template for what we are to become and this may have these separated specialization rather than in the past being hybrid.

We only see this hybridity in architecture now. Design/build what happens is you uncover efficiency and problem solving ON SITE and u know how they work because you’re involved

Hybrid survival tips

Big teams- hard to cross over

Learn to talk about what you do not what your job is

What are you good at- don’t be vague there may be a risk in devoting yourself to one thing- sell to them why you bring more to the table

Find your leverage-earn respect- skeptical of designer writing code- design can come thru in the coding process- designers over simplify-engineers-over complicate

Small team-

Don’t do everything at once- every decision is yours- easy to get over whelmed

Developer to developer; design to design

Design something your not sure how to build-freedom to push yourself- to learn

Stay open to new ideas- don’t put up wall to things that don’t fit the system

Shelve ideas for later

Identity- tune ourselves amplify native web strengths/integrate design/photo, design/ content, design/ code


Reading Assignment One- Floats

20 Jan


1.) what you learned?

I never really considered the importance of floats in creating a sense of organization and ease to the eye of the viewer. In HTML and CSS there are four values that can be applied: left, right, inherit and none. Left: will move elements to the left-most boundary of its parent element. The same goes for the right: the element would be sent off to the right-most boundary of its parent element. The inherit code tells an element to inherit the float value of its parent element. None is the default value and tells an element not to float at all. What floats do is adjust the elements of websites to the size of the screen they are being viewed on. They help to unify and organized important information on a web page so that the most important elements in they website remain on the screen to be viewed as the page was intended to be seen.

2.) after you experimented with floats, what did you find that worked or was frustrating?

After experimenting with floats I learned that the most important thing about any sort of work with HTML and CSS is that you keep your codes strait. It can be easy to miss a comma or closing of a command. But once you get every thing organized and coded correctly its pretty smooth sailing. I found that making the floats did help keep information centered no matter how much I altered the page.