things we learned

lessons from working in the design and web development business

September 22, 2012
by Oliver Beckenhaub
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“The Future of Content Management” – Notes from Rachel Andrew’s Talk at Smashing Conference in Freiburg

Everybody hates Content-Management-Systems (CMS). Clients love to do a little bit of web design. Bigger logo, comic sans – The web designer says no. But when the client says »I want to edit my site in MS word« – The … Continue reading

September 22, 2012
by Oliver Beckenhaub
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“The Spirit of the Web” – Notes from Jeremy Keith’s Talk at Smashing Conference in Freiburg

What is the web? The web means something different to different people. Ask 10 people and everybody will tell something else. The web is agreement. The web is files, urls, http and more all working together. The web is files … Continue reading

Taking Your Talent to the Web

Written in 2001 and still a good read!

I wrote this book in 2001 for print designers whose clients want websites, print art directors who’d like to move into full–time web and interaction design, homepage creators who are ready to turn pro, and professionals who seek to deepen their web skills and understanding. (…) While browser references and modem speeds may reek of 2001, much of the advice about transitioning to the web still holds true. – Jeffrey Zeldman

We Are Architects

We all have a vision of what architects do, right? They sit in front of CAD all day drawing walls, doors and toilets on floor plans, right? But after realizing the duties of architects, the similarities are compelling and it leads to one conclusion: web designers are architects.

October 21, 2011
by Oliver Beckenhaub
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Reputation is Everything

Nice article by Paul Scrivens on Smashingmagazine about Self-Promotion as a Web Designer. How many great designers do you know out there who struggle to find clients, while the world’s worst Microsoft Frontpage jockey can’t keep client offers out of … Continue reading