Who is Jason? • Designer
& Front-End Developer at Cyberwoven in South Carolina • Author of the Sitepoint book The Principles of Beautiful Web Design • Founding member &president of Refresh Columbia • University of Central Florida Alum •Personal Site: Jasongraphix.com
The Dilemma Maintenance Sucks Renovation
is Exciting Replacing a leaky faucet. Knocking down walls. Putting on a new roof. Reconfiguring a kitchen. Steam cleaning carpets. Installing a walk-in shower. Clearing gutters. Replacing light fixtures. Repairing rotten wood. Modernizing finishes. Unclogging toilets Improving functionality. ...putting up with the past. …making it your own.
kludge or kluge (kl j)
n. Slang 1. A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications. 2. A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.
Five Lessons I’ve Learned From
Home Renovation 1. Learn the Building Codes 2. Set Realistic Goals 3. Have the Right Tools 4. Invest your Resources wisely 5. Make Lasting Changes
1 Learn the Building Codes
Building codes regulate the structural design, energy efficiency, construction quality, and overall safety of structures occupied by the public.
New Construction • Separation of
Content, Style & Behavior • Valid HTML & CSS • Section 508 Compliance • Graceful Degradation • Design consistency with no CSS hacks. Web Standards in a Nutshell By Natalie Jost –www.nataliejost.com
“Kitchen Sink Syndrome” Original Client
Request: Add an estimate request form. Eventual Solution: • Design new page with form. • No CSS? Add stylesheet to page. • Nav is image based? …Rebuild with CSS. • Site is static? Global find & replace to add new nav to all pages. • New nav gets approved with changes… OF COURSE! • Create include file for nav and add that to all pages…etc…
5 Make Lasting Changes “Too
many designers get caught up in the visuals needing to be representative of the time and current design movements…when in reality, design needs to be timeless.” -Nick Finck
What is Timeless Design? A
visual concept that could simultaneously exist in both the past and the future. Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Ball Chair Designed by Charles & Ray Eames Designed by Eero Aarnio in 1956 in 1966