If you’re a freelance web designer, chances are good you do some web development as well. To be absolutely clear here, by “design” I mean the static layout of a website; by “development” I mean the actual HTML/CSS markup (and perhaps CMS implementation, like WordPress). We all know there is money to be made in development; the breadth of development companies in pretty much any city, large or small, is proof of that. Thus, many graphic designers add web design and development to their skill toolbox as a way of generating more work and a different clientele. However, design and development are two different kinds of beast, and your skills in one can affect the outcome of the other. With that in mind, I pose the question: are your development skills hindering your design work?
How Well Do You Really Know CSS & HTML?
The strength of your grasp of CSS/HTML can affect your design work, either consciously or subconsciously. There are a lot of CSS declarations out there; CSS3 and HTML5 are becoming more applicable and accepted; there are a lot of ways to push the boundaries of what browsers will render. It can be tough to keep on top of these advances, no doubt. However, not knowing what is possible using CSS & HTML means limiting the potential of your design work, or limiting the best practices of your design work. Read the whole article >