Christian Ross

Typekit, please hurry

On a scale from 1 to 10 on how excited I am to see what becomes of the soon-to-be released Typekit, I fall somewhere between 2,745 and infinity.

Typekit, in their own words (emphasis mine):

As a Typekit user, you’ll have access to our library of high-quality fonts. Just add a line of JavaScript to your markup, tell us what fonts you want to use, and then craft your pages the way you always have. Except now you’ll be able to use real fonts. This really is going to change web design.

While it won’t turn the web canvas into a sketch pad, it should offer up the ability for me to prettify the web on your computer even more. As it stands now, there are a very limited amount of ways for me to get your favorite font on the web (ie. Papyrus) without breaking copyright laws or hindering future development on your site.

It might be early, but I think I’m in love.

10 things a web designer would never tell you

I think Paul Boag is stealing my clients:

You need to take control of the design process. Its your site and you should get the design you want. The role of the designer is to implement your idea. Do not allow him to drag you down into endless discussions about ‘users needs’, ‘accessibility’ and ‘usability’. These are all distractions from the primary aim – to impress your boss and earn that next promotion.

Designers, make sure you read the Please Note before heading through the list. Otherwise you will be ready to punch Paul in the face by number three.

20 signs you don’t want that web project

Nice list from Jeffrey Zeldman. Dealt with a few of them before but #2 is far and away the funniest thing on the list:

Client shows you around the factory, introducing you to all his employees. Then, behind closed doors, tells you: “If you do a bad job with this website, I’m going to have to let these people go.”

Comical, but sad in the fact that some feel like this is a business model that works. The “if you build it, they will come” mentality in business is a scary slope to be on, IMO. Just because you pay me to build you a pretty website, it doesn’t guarantee that your numbers will go up. It takes commitment, work, monitoring, tweaking and constant re-evaluation.

Note: Sometimes I finish writing something and realize the old saying – when you point your finger, there’s three pointing back at you – can sting pretty bad.