From the archives comes this New Architect Daily article “Left Brain, Right Brain”. It discusses the significant skill changes that graphic designers have had to undergo to take their designs online. Graphic layout and coding were once very distant but are now integral to each other.
“Contributing to the ambiguity is the fact that Web design is a relatively new industry, especially when compared with the evolution of print design. Less than six years ago, when Netscape and Mosaic were changing our perspectives of the Web, a company’s technical staff—if a company had a site at all—was the sole group responsible for creating, and therefore designing, all of its Web pages. There wasn’t as much emphasis on the front end versus the back end, nor on content versus presentation. People were just beginning to balance form and function issues on their pages and many didn’t yet have the experience to know that well-built sites require collaboration not only among skilled developers, but also among talented designers.”