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Designers better at CSS development than programmers

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Getting a programmer to develop XHTML+CSS template can be frustrating.  Generally, they do not pay enough attention to what they deem as minor cosmetic issues that will drive everyone else crazy.


  • They don’t pay enough attention to whether they are using the right shade of a particular colour.
  • They don’t pay enough attention to margins and spacing between elements
  • If designs don’t translate well into CSS + XHTML, they make little effort to “tweak” the template

From a programmer’s perspective, these are superficial details that do not impact functionality or performance.  But in the world of graphic design, superficiality is the name of the game.  Every pixel matters!

So that’s why when possible, graphic designers should not hand over CSS development to programmers.

Written by John Lai

February 7th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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  1. I mostly agree with you.. but at the very least designers should have a good understanding of how CSS works and what it’s capable of in order to make the transition to CSS easier. If the designer builds great designs that were easy to implement, it wouldn’t matter if a programmer does it or the designer themselves.

    Jason K

    8 Feb 10 at 11:25 am

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