The Corporate Design Machine

Cheesy looking business men hard at work

Cheesy looking business men hard at work
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There is a pattern that has long been emerging within the web design industry. One which recently seems to be breaking a little, but not nearly as much as I would like it to. The majority of larger web design companies (and I use the word "large" relatively - meaning a company with a staff count of 7 or 8 people plus) seem not to care about accessibility, standards, quality of code or the pride of producing something really technically and visually outstanding. Some don't even care enough to produce work which will display correctly anywhere beyond Internet Explorer 6. Im not saying this about every large design company, but certainly the majority. Why is this?It's like that song 'Eye of the Tiger' (except not quite so dramatic). Once a company has made it financially successful they seem to take their eye off the creative ball to follow the money trail. This not only annoys me quite considerably (more so considering a few of these companies have turned me down for jobs in the past, curse them) but also does not help in the push to promote wide-spread use of web standards and accessibility. When will these companies (or more appropriately the developers who work for them) remember the days when they were on the bottom rung of the financial food chain and worked not for the money, but because they loved to do it?

Money is good. Money is our friend. But let's not forget the things that used to be important - like self improvement and the joy of producing work that consistently pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved.

Dated: 01/05/2006. Filed under: Miscellaneous.


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On 2nd May 2006 Jason said:
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Nice site man. Love the menu!!
On 2nd May 2006 Jen said:
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I'll be the first to admit I'm a web geek, that said, I enjoy getting that green bar at W3C validator. I like knowing I've done everything I can to make a aesthetically pleasing site and it's standards compliant as well. To me, that's part of the whole thing.
On 3rd May 2006 Steve Tucker said:
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How come I smile upon reading the 'green bar' observation? Admittedly I am a web geek exactly the same. Hurray for standards!
On 3rd May 2006 karmatosed said:
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Loving the site, really nice features and great navigation. Yeah that gren bar makes you smile on even the darkest days. The best thing is the rare straight off bat validates without thinking to much about it - they are the golden ones.
On 3rd May 2006 Steve Tucker said:
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Thanks for the kind comments Tammie. Only thing I like better than the green bar is when something ive been building in FireFox works in IE6 first time around... no tearing bloody hair out reworking already finished CSS!

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