|ISSUE 19||News & opinion | updated 7/14/03|
|LEARN HTML||ART BOOKS||BIG MONEY|
web stuff keeps ya humble
It was more about two months ago that I started working on a redesign of this site. After about a year and a half, it was simply due for a facelift. I've gotten useful feedback from visitors who wanted a simpler, more graphic look. Plus, I wanted to incorporate ideas that seem important, like a proportional layout structure that resizes to fit whatever size browser window you choose (try it, you'll see!). I also began experimenting with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), an important part of evolving web standards.
Without going into the gory details, let me tell you that I learned (and am continuing to learn) an awful lot about what I know and don't know. From time to time I'm lulled into thinking that I understand web design pretty well. I teach it at Cuyahoga Community College, so I've been pretty diligent about trying to keep on top of the field. Yet creating what looks like a pretty simple design for this site has taken me hour after frustrating hour of trial and error.
Some of my problems are shared by every web designer: the fact that different browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape) and different platforms (Mac, PC) render documents differently. Unlike in the print world, it's not possible to create a design that always looks exactly the way you want.
Other problems are of my own invention: it took me many hours over several days to realize that my style sheets were not working because I was using numbers at the beginning or end of the name ("10PurpleTxt" doesn't work, "Purple10Txt" does).
And so on. As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do to get the entire site updated, but this is a start. Please tell me what you think of the new design.
Looking at the variety of formats and styles in books (one called FreshCream is packaged inside of a clear plastic pillow; another small volume called Good/Grief makes paper work like video), I realized that we still have a lot of exploring to do before electronic media comes into its own as a creative medium.
-Al Wasco, February 4, 2001
Also bringing new visitors (in smaller numbers) is a link from Critique magazine, one of the better design theory publications.
We appreciate their support, and recommend you pay them a visit too.
Not your average book
Not practical either you have to cut the plastic pillow open to get at the book but it stretches our expectations of what a book can be.
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