Every Design Is a Portfolio Piece
Monday, March 22, 2004 at 12:02 pm | Comments off
I’ve recently (read: in the last 9 months or so) realized the importance of “designing for design’s sake”, in relation to web design. I am no longer satisfied doing sub-par work, but feel it’s my responsibility, not only to my clients, but also to myself to do my best on each and every project. If when I am done with a site, I do not feel it is “portfolio-worthy”, I have not only wasted my clients time and money, but also my own.
I am in the process of redesigning my business site, and my new portfolio will contain only my latest work, partly for this very reason. As my knowledge of the importance of standards has increased, my old work is the very type of work I would now encourage developers to stay away from. Apart from that, through sites such as the CSS Zen Garden, the CSS Vault, and simply working in this medium, my design skills have improved greatly.
My point in all of this, of course, is to encourage all of us to keep pushing ourselves to new heights. Don’t get in a “good enough” mindset! The web has enough mediocre sites, who’s designers were obviously just designing for a paycheck. Let’s push the envelope, and continually strive to do our best.
I realize that I may not create work the quality that people such as Jon Hicks, Dan Rubin, or Douglas Bowman do, but is that going to stop me from trying? Heck no! Maybe one day, my work will stand on it's own with the best...
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