On The Verge of Greatness
Friday, May 21, 2004 at 9:06 pm | Comments off
I always hate running across sites that are on the verge of greatness. When I see a site that falls just short, I'm disappointed that the extra initiative wasn't taken to push the site to the next level. A good example of what I'm talking about is a recent Web Standards Award winner, Goppa Fireplaces. (I'm not trying to knock the site at all - after all, I do feel it's on the verge of greatness...)
Personally, I think that greatness is achieved through the little details. Maybe it's a few well-placed borders or maybe it's that perfect blend of typography. Whenever a designer takes the time to perfect every detail of a site, greatness can't be far off. Of course there is a certain level of skill needed to create a "perfect site", but many designers have the necessary skill and are perhaps lacking only the motivation and encouragement to push themselves to that next level. I'm constantly trying to push myself to new levels - after all, I feel that every design should be a portfolio piece. Over the last year I've seen my design skills dramatically increase, due to a conscience decision and effort to try to achieve greatness.
I hope that more and more designers will push themselves on to greatness. I also hope that one day I'll be designing sites that people will consider great. Not just good, great.
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