Theory in action

I’ve long had ideas about web design and development — one idea, specifically, has been bumping around in my head for well over a year at least.  And pursuit of those thoughts has led me into new areas — information architecture, bleeding-edge technology versus the limitations of the lowest common denominator, etc.

Web design and development (as well as implementation) has long fascinated me, and I realized today that that’s in part because it neatly balances the hemispheres of the brain.  There’s a lot of logic involved, as well as a lot of creativity.  You can get by in the profession lacking one or the other, as long as you specialize — I’ve got many creative friends who can design well but can’t implement their ideas in code, even with a Dreamweaver or FrontPage; just as I have friends who can program sleek and clean code but couldn’t design their way out of a paper bag.

I’m good at both without being great (just like all things in life); unfortunately, companies want specialization, without realizing that both sides also have huge egos, and getting them to meet in the middle (which is necessary to make websites work) is not a fun proposition.

At any rate… Having toyed with these theories of information architecture for all these months now, but not really progressing, imagine my surprise to find out that my ideas are currently being implemented, and in a very sexy way. It’s both bleeding edge and conforms to best practices and standards of the community.  It’s – well, to be redundant but verbose, incredibly stimulating.

I’m not sure what’s more disturbing — how overwhelming all this is to me, or the fact that I refer to (and think of) computing as “sexy”. Not that I’ll be buying a bouquet of roses for my PC, but a nice dinner seems almost in order…

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