Tuesday, March 30, 2004
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Artificial Oppositions

Zeldman denounces the habit -- pervasive in writing about Web practice -- of building artificial oppositions atop disciplinary boundaries. "If you're eating enough fruits and vegetables," the pundits say, "you must not give a damn about protein." For example, he quotes Jason Fried of 37 Signals:

There’s way too much talk about CSS and XHTML and Standards and Accessibility and not enough talk about people.... UI designers are making the same old fundamental 'forgetting about the human being on the other side' mistakes — except this time their code looks better.

And we all remember way back when (i.e. last year), when books on Information Architecture always slammed designers for paying too much attention to the way things looked — as if real architects didn't do this.

A lively sermon, highly recommended reading for Web pros.