Tooling around on the web, I found myself at Zeldman’s site, which links to Lars Holst’s site, which lists what he considers “Well-Designed Weblogs“. One of the ‘blogs he lists is done by a guy, name of Joel Biroco. In his journal, Biroco laments over the current state of the Web; and, really, who among us hasn’t become disenchanted with the amazing abundance of shit out there at one time or another? At one point, he says:
Of course, still no-one’s interested in hiring me and frankly I’m getting fed-up of every second person I come across on the web being a bloody ‘web professional’ (most of whom are crap designers).
The audacity! The pretense!
Biroco’s website design is, without a doubt, immaculate. But the Web isn’t primarily concerned with design. Apprently, only those who have a natural talent for design (or are fairly good at it) seem to think it is, however.
As soon as Mr. Biroco can integrate his pretty pictures with a backend database (from scratch) or write a book about PHP, Apache, Perl, Python… or put any one of those technologies to good use on the web… then he’s just going to be left to wallow in his own self pity.
By the way, I have no formal design training. It’s all been trial and error since I started in desktop publishing about 7 years ago. I’m not that great at it. Nor am I that great at web services, Python coding or database integration. But I’m good enough. And, fortunately for me, someone was interested in hiring me based solely on my limited design capabilities. Then they let me pursue my mediocre web skills, and just keep giving me raises.
So, am I a “web professional” yet? Do you like the new MMH design? No, it’s not spectacular, but I think it looks pretty cool.