Web Design Philosophy
I have been designing web sites for about 5 years now. My particular interest is in making sites that are accessible to people using any modern browser at all normal screen resolutions. In particular, I have noticed many sites that no longer work for people with screen resolutions below 1024x768, even though about 20% of internet users still fall into this category. Close to half of internet users still have dial-up connections. My sites will work for these people, but will still look balanced in a modern, high-resolution monitor.
My newer sites use semantic markup and css design through out. All sites are designed to conform to a strict Document Type (xhtml 1.0 strict) and have been validated against W3C standards. Beginning in the
spring summer of 2007, my sites will all be hosted on a business-level server, and should render rapidly, even for people on dial up (4 seconds or less on DSL and above).
As this site develops, I will be posting some short articles on web development issues. The following snippets can be considered little more than motherhood statements. So why don't web designers pay attention to them?
- An inclusive web site communicates best
- Three essential web site elements
- Flexible screen resolution
My clients include the following:
- Flower Electronics — purchase synthesizers designed by Jessica Rylan
- IRFP.net — the web site of the world-famous sound artist, Jessica Rylan
- The Allegro School of Music — a music school in Stoneham, MA featuring piano lessons from the luminous Kim Corkum and guitar lessons from the gifted Justin Piper
- Brewster's Web Site — my first, and last, web site designed with table layout.