Changes are now!

It is time that we engage in a broader conversation, through our blogs, google+, twitter and other collaborative tools you may add to the process. Web design has been changing over the last year or so, and today we find ourselves with better languages (html5, css3 at least) and better concepts for our frameworks and support apps such as Less (lesscss.org), Sass (sass-lang.com), Twitter’s Bootstrap (twitter.github.com.bootstrap) and support files in html5 Boilerplate (html5boilerplate.com) and Andy Clarke’s 320 And Up (stuffandnonsense.co.uk/320andup). We also need to pay full attention to Responsive Web Design ( http://alistapart.com/articles/responsive-web-design ), which is rapidly becoming the best practice of the era of numberless devices that web designers must include whenever we design a new interactive project.

Where to begin is not easy to figure out. Perhaps the best place to begin is to get a more collaborative and focused conversation started between students and instructors, students and students, all of us and others in the broader global community of web designers.

This blog is about to become more active, actually a new version of Webstuff2, perhaps Webstuff3 to indicate a next level. It is not easy to write regularly, but there is too much going on to simply hold on to it, or try to slip it into a curriculum that is becoming somewhat stifled. I firmly believe that a curriculum is more than what happens in the classroom however, and it is time to find out how much we can grow, just because we want to learn more, and be the best at what we are doing.

This intro to the “webstuff3 era” will be followed with an article about Responsive web design, as well as a list of resources that everyone should be reading. More soon.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colin Mitchell
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 14:09:36

    This is a great article here Wayne. I’ve currently been working on a few projects that require functionality in these frameworks/languages. One of the main extensions is using the new jQuery Mobile framework. Its a website built on WordPress that adapts for desktop (every browser), tablet, mobile platforms and every size in-between without changing themes or css files. Unfortunately, jQuery Mobile is not quite there and once the website was complete, we ended up not even using any of their functionality. We find that clients are still hanging onto their IE7 and IE8 which limits the new languages we can use…

    Keep up the good writing!

    Note: Your link to Andy Clarke’s 320 is wrong, here is the correct url (http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/projects/320andup/)

    Reply

    • Wayne
      Jan 27, 2012 @ 22:48:35

      Hey Colin,
      Sorry, I thought I responded the day I saw your comment but it never got “published”! The transition to new versions has been time consuming, but well worth the efforts. We will be moving towards Responsive Design patterns beginning next quarter – as it never ceases to change and evolve. Guess that what we love about web dev! Good hearing from you!

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