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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 -
web design, personal essay, Voice
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 -
typography, web design, personal essay, Voice
explains the key ingredients that create a binding legal agreement
between a designer and a client, and it describes how a court might
later interpret that
contract in a lawsuit.
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If instances of self-questioning about working in-house become a catalyst for self-doubt, why not redirect some of that energy toward constructive self-evaluation? We can’t count on having control over everything that affects our design careers, but we can establish focus, build accountability and develop a newfound sense of assurance about our professional trajectory in-house.
Section: Tools and Resources
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