How Design Patterns And Component Libraries Create Unity And Context

Earlier in the week I offered some thoughts about components, design patterns, and pattern libraries. In that post I shared some things about the house I grew up in and how it was built on the same plan as other houses in the neighborhood. I want to talk a little more about the neighborhood and how it created a context for each of the houses within.

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Design as Commodity — Sometimes Good Enough Is Good Enough

When I first began my career as a freelance web designer I spent a lot of time at small business forums. In part it was to get my name out in front of the people I though would become potential clients. It was also a way to observe what they were looking for in a web design solution so I could tailor my services to the market I wanted to serve.

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This I Believe — Principles And Values That Guide Me

Inspired by the NPR program This I Believe, Avinash Kaushik published a post similarly titled, This I Believe: A Manifesto for a Magnificent Career, in which he shares some of the personal philosophies and core values that guide him.

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What Role Do Ethics Play In Your Choice Of Projects?

The latest season of the Boagworld podcast has been set up in debate format with Paul and Marcus each taking a side. One recent discussion was about the role ethics play in the web design industry and one question from that discussion was whether or not you would take on a project you were opposed to ethically.

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The Tension Between Creativity And Productivity

One topic I come back to is the tension between creativity and productivity. I find it interesting in general, but also because web designers sit at their intersections. Both creativity and productivity play a role in our success.

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