The Five Stages of Responsive Web Design

For the past 15 years or so I’ve made a living building carefully handcrafted, pixel-precise websites. I’ve absolutely loved the challenge of tackling even the most daunting visual designs handed to me by talented web designers. You know the kind of websites I’m referring to…. They look more like a printed work of art and less like a simple word-processed document with text and decorative clip art. Irregular column widths, multiple overlapping graphics, endless variation from one page to the next, all wrapped in a fly-out navigation structure three levels deep—and it needs to look the same in a dozen browsers. No problem… how soon can I start?

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I Aspire to Be a Web Craftsman

The other day I saw some front-end code that just plain angered me. I wasn’t upset that the website looked bad in the browser or that it wasn’t faithful to the original visual design. It was just poorly executed. It lacked semantics, clarity, and direction. It seemed obvious that the developer simply mailed it in. That experience compelled me to write a few words about craftsmanship and good old fashioned pride in one’s work.

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