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It is entirely possible that Hugh Dubberly is one of the very
few people in the design community who quotes easily and
unself-consciously from Plato's Dialogues. As the former vice
president of Netscape's Web Design and Site Integration Department
and the recent co-founder of his own eponymous design consulting
firm, Dubberly—like favorite Greek philosopher—is a professional
shiner of light into the murk and ambiguity of life. “My central
concern,” he says, “is to figure out how design can be employed
make complex ideas visible and understandable so that we can make
better products.” With impeccable design and digital pedigrees,
Dubberly has been on the cusp of what's next since the Internet's
earliest days. So it's worthwhile paying attention to his present
thoughts on what's next for the business of design—and the design
Like iron filings arrayed around a magnet, Dubberly's thoughts
are organized around two poles. The first is that design and
designers are now utterly central to big, important and
fast-growing companies. The second is that designers now have an
opportunity and responsibility that meld into and perhaps even
herald a new field of practice.
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Is it ever too late for a print designer to learn the language of the web? Heller hopes not. Calling all tutors!
Section: Inspiration -
personal essay, Voice, web design, design educators, students
Does the recipe for designing accessible websites have to skimp on beauty? Twigg wishes web type could look good and be good for you.
Section: Inspiration -
personal essay, Voice, typography, web design
The AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee works to celebrate the achievements of women in design, cultivate awareness of gender-related issues and connect by facilitating productive relationships within and beyond the design industry.
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Womens Leadership, professional development
Layoffs are a fact of life in the design profession. With unemployment at 7.7 percent nationally, and with firms learning to operate leaner
in order to remain competitive in a very crowded market, I've assembled a
list of warning signs that you might be laid off, and what steps you should take to achieve the most favorable outcome.
Section: Tools and Resources
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