Core Design Principles
Here are the key design principles reflected in my work:
- The Elegance of Simplicity : Entia non multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. This is the essence of it all: the principle called Occam’s Razor. I firmly believe in the elegance of simplicity, so don’t hire me if you want a Rococo Web site!
- Readability and Usability : People should be able to intuitively understand how to use your Web site. To achieve these goals, you must necessarily pay rigorous attention to typography, color, and design to ensure that viewers can quickly understand and use what they are seeing.
- Attention to Detail : I hate sloppy work. It reflects poorly on the creator of the work, and the person for whom it was created.
- Attention to Proper Standards: I am a firm proponent of following Web standards in the development of sites. I write most of my HTML and CSS by hand to get the cleanest markup. I pay a lot of attention to cross-browser issues, and I design layouts in ways that minimize browser idiosyncrasies. When needed, I write my own WordPress themes so that the code meets my standards. I have a deep understanding of CSS layouts (I even teach Web design at the local college), so I create semantic markup that works smoothly across all major browsers. You won’t find a table in my work, unless it’s actually displaying tabular data. Table-based Web layouts are painfully obsolete, and the brittle, bloated code that is the result undermines understanding by people and search engines.